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Document ID (ISN)102618
CIS number 03-1914
ISSN - Serial title 1136-6532 - Medicina Marítima
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tabbot P.N., Robson M.G., Breen K.P.
Title Foodborne pathogens: The risk to the health of merchant seafarers
Original title Patógenos en los alimentos: un riesgo para la salud de los marinos mercantes [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information June 2003, Vol.3, No.1, p.47-71. Illus. 91 ref.
Abstract Foodborne illness is a global problem posing new risks to human health. Emerging pathogens, globalization of the food supply, changes in human behaviour, international travel, microbial adaptation and a breakdown of the pubic health system are factors which contribute to the threat of new and dangerous disease agents. Merchant seafarers, because of their unique occupational setting, may be particularly vulnerable to potentially debilitating foodborne illnesses. Factors like close living quarters, communal meal eating, contact with labourers in ports and access to potentially-contaminated food represent special hazards for these workers. These hazards are discussed in this article, together with the appropriate prevention measures.
Descriptors (primary) food; pathogenic bacteria; biological hazards; health hazards; sea transport
Descriptors (secondary) cholera; viruses; fatalities; paratyphoid fever; harbours; dysentery
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Water transportation
Biological hazards
Globalization