E. coli outbreak at Calgary daycares
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Franco Pagotto (English and French)
is a research scientist studying the microbiological safety and control of fresh-cut produce, hazard identification and risk assessment of Listeria monocytogenes and Cronobacter species in foods, molecular typing and genomic characterization of foodborne bacterial pathogens, and pathogenesis and virulence determinants of foodborne pathogens.
"The challenge is now finding what was the root cause that led to this outbreak. A facility has been identified based on epidemiological investigations, but there is no information (yet) with respect to detailed findings that may help understand what went wrong or how this could have occurred. Genetic characterization of strains from patients and from eventual foods will help with source attribution."