Atlas of foodborne infections
transmitted by contaminated food and water

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Food-borne protozoa

CZ: prvoci
EN: protozoa

Meat and Meat Products
Fish and Fish Products
Fruits and Vegetables
Water and Beverages


Foodborne Disease:
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The protozoal human diseases: giardiosis, entamoebosis, toxoplasmosis, cyclosporosis, cryprosporidiosis

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The protozoal human parasites are unicellular organisms that colonize the intestinal epithelium and form cysts. These are excreted and may survive for long periods in the environment.

There are five genera of Protozoa concern in foods: Giardia, Entamoeba, Toxoplasma, Cyclospora and Cryptosporidium.

Details about distribution, principal reservoirs and route of transmission of these parasites in the food chain you can find according name of latin genus of protozoa.


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