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ABSTRACT

Recent epidemiological evidence indicates that enteric viruses are the leading cause of foodborne disease in the U.S.A. and, indeed, worldwide. Certainly, advances in epidemiology and molecular biology have improved the ability to study this previously elusive group of foodborne pathogens. The purpose of this article is to review the agents, transmission routes, epidemiology, persistence, diagnosis, and detection of foodborne viruses and their diseases, with specific reference to the role that contemporary technologies have had in improving our understanding of this important group of emerging foodborne pathogens.