Survival of rotavirus SA-11 on vegetables

Amin S. Badawy, Charles P Gerba, Lee M. Kelley

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Abstract

Survival of rotavirus on lettuce, radishes, and carrots was studied to evaluate the potential of rotavirus transmission by vegetables irrigated with wastewater. The vegetables were contaminated with rotavirus SA-11 and stored at 4°C and room temperature in covered and uncovered containers to simulate post harvest conditions. Virus decay rates were greater on radishes and carrots than lettuce. Decay rates of rotavirus on lettuce, radish, and carrot ranged from -0·057 to -0·479 (log10 pfu/day). Rotavirus SA-11 survived on lettuce, radish, and carrot for 25 to 30 days at 4°C but at room temperature survival was very different for the various vegetables varying from 5 to 25 days. Greatest survival was always observed on the lettuce. These data suggest that rotaviruses can survive long enough on contaminated vegetables as to be transmitted by this vehicle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-205
Number of pages7
JournalFood Microbiology
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1985

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Survival of rotavirus SA-11 on vegetables. / Badawy, Amin S.; Gerba, Charles P; Kelley, Lee M.

In: Food Microbiology, Vol. 2, No. 3, 1985, p. 199-205.

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Badawy, Amin S. ; Gerba, Charles P ; Kelley, Lee M. / Survival of rotavirus SA-11 on vegetables. In: Food Microbiology. 1985 ; Vol. 2, No. 3. pp. 199-205.
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