Pathways: understanding transmission of gastrointestinal infection to and between people
The overall aim of this theme is to generate new knowledge on the range and relative importance of the different transmission pathways through which gastrointestinal pathogens spread from person-to-person, animal-to-person and environment-to-person and how these different pathways interact to influence the epidemiology of disease. This is essential to enable us to design better control strategies for gastrointestinal pathogens with multiple transmission pathways.
In this theme we will focus on a range of pathogens where non-foodborne transmission is known to be important. We have chosen four pathogens across the range of infections STEC (bacteria), Norovirus (viruses), Cryptosporidium and Giardia (protozoa).