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Introduction: Hitchhikers From Hell (00:50)


By age the age of 20, most people will contract food poisoning six times. Approximately 75% of the time, humans get sick from consumables—viruses are responsible.

Viruses (05:39)

Viruses are abundant and affect all living organisms. Dr. Greg Simmons discusses research into an unusual outbreak of Hepatitis A; the source is a blueberry farm. The incident could happen with the consumption of any raw produce; thoroughly wash produce to help keep it safe.

Bacteria (05:49)

Bacterial viruses were the first kind observed. Microbiologist Gillian Lewis describes the infection process. Norovirus is the most common type of bacteria spread through food; patients become sick after consuming undetectable fecal matter.

Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (09:42)

Toxicologist Ian Shaw recalls inspecting a bovine and finding Spongiform Encephalopathies. In 1990, human cases occur, attacking the brain. Experts believe Mad Cow is the result of mutation and warn that similar outbreaks are possible. See a preview of the next episode.

Credits: Hitchhikers From Hell (00:38)

Credits: Hitchhikers From Hell

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Some of the worst diseases in the world are caused by viruses. SARS, AIDS, and Avian Bird flu are all caused by these strange pathogens that constantly mutate and change to better attack us. Viruses cause about 75% of all food poisoning. This video examines what virsus are, how they cause disease, and how we can keep them out of the food chain. It discusses prions, small molecules that make subtle changes to the way cells function, and how they caused the Mad Cow disease outbreak in the UK in the 1990s.

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: FMK182079

ISBN: 978-1-64623-500-1

Copyright date: ©2006

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