Etiology Foodborne Gastrointestinal Infection

∞ generated and posted on 2016.03.03 ∞

Diseases associated with Campylobacter jejuni, Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Shigella spp.

Note that I've limited this list to including just those organisms that are often foodborne, cause infections (rather than simply intoxications), and primarily impact the gastrointestinal tract. Contrast the more general foodborne illness.

Additional diarrhea-causing etiologies also can contaminate food, also resulting in foodborne gastrointestinal infections. In addition, C. jejuni, E. coli, and Shigella spp. also can be ingested in association with water.

Contrast foodborne gastrointestinal infection with food poisoning where the latter involves ingestion of a already-formed toxin whereas infections involve ingestion of intact organisms which then go on to colonize and infect.