Moving towards better global foodborne disease surveillance
Almost 1 in 10 people worldwide fall ill every year after eating contaminated food which commonly causes bacterial diarrhoea, resulting in 230 000 deaths each year.
Whole genome sequencing empowers disease surveillance and outbreak investigation
In the last decade, there has been a shift from microbial genotyping to Next-Generation Sequencing technology. Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) has transformed public health surveillance and outbreak investigations by providing more accurate pathogen identification, antimicrobial resistance profiling, transmission tracking and biological risk assessment.