Ecological prevalence, genetic diversity, and epidemiological aspects of Salmonella isolated from tomato agricultural regions of the Virginia Eastern Shore

@inproceedings{Bell2015EcologicalPG,
  title={Ecological prevalence, genetic diversity, and epidemiological aspects of Salmonella isolated from tomato agricultural regions of the Virginia Eastern Shore},
  author={Rebecca L. Bell and Jie Zheng and Erik Burrows and Sarah M. Allard and Charles Wang and Christine E. Keys and David C. Melka and Errol Strain and Yan Luo and Marc William Allard and Steven Lewis Rideout and Eric W. Brown},
  booktitle={Front. Microbiol.},
  year={2015}
}
Virginia is the third largest producer of fresh-market tomatoes in the United States. Tomatoes grown along the eastern shore of Virginia are implicated almost yearly in Salmonella illnesses. Traceback implicates contamination occurring in the pre-harvest environment. To get a better understanding of the ecological niches of Salmonella in the tomato agricultural environment, a 2-year study was undertaken at a regional agricultural research farm in Virginia. Environmental samples, including… CONTINUE READING

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