ESOURCES: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

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Science  13 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5515, pp. 175e
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5515.175e

Summer's on its way, bringing with it the usual rash of food-borne illnesses caused by bacteria, viruses, and other stomach-turning nasties. To find out more about the pathogens and poisons that can lurk in your lunch, check out the Bad Bug Book, a rogues' gallery that combines information on food safety from the Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies.

All the familiar villains are here—hepatitis A virus, Salmonella, Clostridium botulinum, the vicious Escherichia coli strain O157:H7—as well as lesser known pathogens, such as the Norwalk viruses. Coverage also includes protozoa, parasitic worms, and toxins such as the aflatoxins, liver-wrecking poisons exuded by fungi that grow on peanuts and corn. For each kind of food poisoning, a just-the-facts chapter describes symptoms, transmission, infective dose, treatments, and recent outbreaks. Those seeking more detailed info can follow links to GenBank, PubMed, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.∼mow/intro.html

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