Martin D'Agostino

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Numerous viruses of human or animal origin can spread in the environment and infect people via water and food, mostly through ingestion and occasionally through skin contact. These viruses are released into the environment by various routes including water run-offs and aerosols. Furthermore, zoonotic viruses may infect humans exposed to contaminated surface(More)
Exposure to human pathogenic viruses in recreational waters has been shown to cause disease outbreaks. In the context of Article 14 of the revised European Bathing Waters Directive 2006/7/EC (rBWD, CEU, 2006) a Europe-wide surveillance study was carried out to determine the frequency of occurrence of two human enteric viruses in recreational waters.(More)
A real-time PCR assay for quantitative detection of Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis has been developed. It targets and amplifies sequences from the IS900 insertion element which is specific for this bacterium, and includes an internal amplification control. The assay was tested against 18 isolates of M. avium paratuberculosis, 17 other mycobacterial(More)
A PCR assay with an internal amplification control was developed for Listeria monocytogenes. The assay has a 99% detection probability of seven cells per reaction. When tested against 38 L. monocytogenes strains and 52 nontarget strains, the PCR assay was 100% inclusive (positive signal from target) and 100% exclusive (no positive signal from nontarget).(More)
A molecular beacon-based real-time NASBA assay for detection and identification of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis has been developed. It targets and amplifies sequences from the dnaA gene which are specific for this bacterium. The assay includes an internal amplification control, to allow identification of inhibited reactions. The assay was(More)
A method was developed for extraction of noroviruses from raspberries. The method consists of removal of virus from fruit surfaces by alkaline extraction, then removal of residual food debris by centrifugation, followed by concentration of virus particles by ultracentrifugation. The efficiency of the extraction was estimated by comparison of reverse(More)
An important analytical control in molecular amplification-based methods is an internal amplification control (IAC), which should be included in each reaction mixture. An IAC is a nontarget nucleic acid sequence which is coamplified simultaneously with the target sequence. With negative results for the target nucleic acid, the absence of an IAC signal(More)
We studied the predictive performance of a dynamic modelling approach, combined with predictions from the Food MicroModel software, applied to the growth of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella in pasteurised milk, chicken liver pâté and minced chicken, under constant as well as fluctuating temperatures. We found that, in general, the accuracy of a(More)
In recent years, numerous foodborne outbreaks due to consumption of berry fruit contaminated by human enteric viruses have been reported. This European multinational study investigated possible contamination routes by monitoring the entire food chain for a panel of human and animal enteric viruses. A total of 785 samples were collected throughout the food(More)
A method was developed for detection of hepatitis A virus (HAV) in soft fruits (raspberries and strawberries). After washing the sample in 1 M sodium bicarbonate with added soya protein, fruits were removed by slow speed centrifugation, then particulate material and residual pectin were removed from the supernatant by flocculation and pectinase treatment(More)