Molecular ecology of foodborne pathogens in primary production agriculture environments in northern Colorado and investigations in internalin A diversity in Listeria monocytogenes DUP-1039C strains
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Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) represent clinically important human foodborne pathogens. The presence, transmission, and molecular epidemiology of these pathogens in primary agricultural environments (i.e., grazing pastures and produce farms) is understudied and represents a significant knowledge gap. We conducted a two year longitudinal sampling study in Northern Colorado to assess the presence, genetic diversity, and potential transmission patterns of these pathogens in production agriculture environments. Five produce farms and five grazing ...