Provides information about Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and prion disease research. Also includes resources on viruses and why some, such as the Norwalk virus, are an emerging problem.
Viruses and Prions
Research Publications from Peer-Reviewed Journals: Viruses
USDA. ARS. Food Safety Research Information Office.
Research publications on viruses from peer-reviewed journals. Some publications may be early view or ahead of print. Citations and abstracts are available to all users while full-text availability depends on institutional access levels.
Bacteria and Viruses
General information, charts and tables illustrating the most frequent cases of bacteria and viruses associated with food poisoning in the United States.
Diseases covered by Global Alert and Response (GAR)
World Health Organization.
Viruses and prions cause diseases such as Anthrax, Avian influenza, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF), Dengue/dengue haemorrhagic fever, Ebola haemorrhagic fever, Hendra Virus (HeV) Infection, Hepatitis, Influenza, Lassa fever, Marburg haemorrhagic fever, Meningococcal disease, Nipah Virus (NiV) Infection, Pandemic (H1N1) 2009, Plague, Rift Valley fever, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Smallpox, Tularaemia and Yellow fever.
Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Keys facts about Avian Influenza Virus. Specific topics discuss include the virus and its spread, outbreaks and prevention. Information and additional resources available for specific groups such as health professionals, poultry industries, state health departments, travelers and person with possible exposure.
Health & Research Topics
DHHS. NIH. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Features leading research on various infectious disease topics.
National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center (NPDPSC)
Case Western Reserve University. Division of Neuropathology.
A diagnostic center that aids in establishing the diagnosis of prion disease through collecting tissue samples and clinical information from as many cases of human prion disease occurring in the United States.
Pandemicflu.gov - Access to U.S. Government Avian and Pandemic Flu Information
Geared toward increasing public awareness about various types of influenza in the United States. General information for individuals and family and for professionals in relation to influenza.
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (UK).
Pathogen genome sequencing is relevant to human and animal health. Analysis tools, new proposals and data release on pathogen genomics, pathogen genomics history and published sequencing projects are topics covered.
Wildlife Disease Information Node
National Biological Information Infrastructure.
Integrates information partners of different specialities and provides critical information on wildlife and wildlife diseases.
Outbreak Alert! Database
Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Searchable database that provides a listing of foodborne illness outbreaks and occurrences by location and food. Database only displays outbreaks where the food and pathogen have been identified and have occurred between 1990 and 2007.