Emergence of Viral Infections through Food Supply Chain: A Review

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Rafiya Munshi
Afsah Iqbal


All living organisms may act as host to a wide range of viruses, and can infect the human body causing severe illness or even death. Viruses have often been important in burdening infections and other illnesses and require special attention because of their different behaviour as compared to bacteria. Two highly pathogenic corona-viruses—severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)—supposed to be emerged from an wet market in china resulted in a global epidemic which took a tool on human lives and currently also the world is fighting a deadliest viral infection caused by a small pathogen possibly transmitted through the food chain in a wet market again in china. The environment is the reservoirs for many of these viruses and any human handling of animals carrying such viruses finds an easy route into human body. Besides, there had been various food borne outbreaks throughout the world due to contaminated agricultural produce, packaging, processed foods or through infected food handlers. Such incidents have prioritized the need for effective control measures, intensified research and risk assessment measures in controlling such outbreaks. This review highlights a brief description of viral transmissions, virus and human gut response and preventable strategies in the food chain to contain such infections.

Infections, viruses, food chain, gut microbiota, control, research

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Munshi, R., & Iqbal, A. (2020). Emergence of Viral Infections through Food Supply Chain: A Review. European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety, 12(6), 83-90. https://doi.org/10.9734/ejnfs/2020/v12i630240
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