Cristina Mena

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Campylobacter is well recognized as the leading cause of bacterial foodborne diarrheal disease worldwide. Symptoms can range from mild to serious infections of the children and the elderly and permanent neurological symptoms. The organism is a cytochrome oxidase positive, microaerophilic, curved Gram-negative rod exhibiting corkscrew motility and is carried(More)
Several types of food products on sale in Portugal, were examined for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Secondary enrichments, in Fraser broth, were analysed by the mini-Vidas LMO, enzyme-linked fluorescent immunoassay technique. Positive samples were confirmed by isolation on Oxford and PALCAM selective agars followed by biochemical characterization.(More)
This study focuses on the activity of wine against the important food-borne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni. The kinetics of inactivation of two strains of C. jejuni (one food-borne and one clinical) were characterised in various scenarios of exposure to wine and wine components. Undiluted wine was found to rapidly inactivate C. jejuni (>6D inactivation(More)
From a collection of 242 food isolates of Campylobacter spp. 72 were identified as Campylobacter jejuni and 170 as Campylobacter coli and of 112 isolates from clinical sources, 92 were identified as C. jejuni and 20 as C. coli. The results for food isolates were in contrast to other reported identifications. Twenty C. coli strains from clinical cases of(More)
The main objectives of this study were to determine the incidence of Listeria spp. in Portuguese domestic refrigerators and to evaluate some of the hygienic practices in the domestic environment that might contribute to the persistence of the organisms. It was found that L. monocytogenes was present in 3 domestic refrigerators of the 86 investigated. L.(More)
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