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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
BIOTECHNOLOGIES FOR FOOD SCIENCE
Course unit
EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO FOOD-BORNE ZOONOSES
MVN1031328, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
BIOTECHNOLOGIES FOR FOOD SCIENCE (Ord. 2017)
IF0362, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track BIOTECNOLOGIE PER L'ALIMENTAZIONE [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO FOOD-BORNE ZOONOSES
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/course/view.php?idnumber=2017-IF0362-001LE-2017-MVN1031328-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MARCO MARTINI VET/05
Other lecturers ANTONIO FRANGIPANE DI REGALBONO VET/06
ALESSANDRA PICCIRILLO VET/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/19 General Microbiology 6.0
Core courses VET/05 Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals 1.0
Core courses VET/06 Parasitology and Parasitic Animal Diseases 3.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 2
Laboratory 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 PICCIRILLO ALESSANDRA (Presidente)
FRANGIPANE DI REGALBONO ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)
CASSINI RUDI (Supplente)
MARTINI MARCO (Supplente)
6 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 MARTINI MARCO (Presidente)
PICCIRILLO ALESSANDRA (Membro Effettivo)
CASSINI RUDI (Supplente)
FRANGIPANE DI REGALBONO ANTONIO (Supplente)
5 Commissione A.A. 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 MARTINI MARCO (Presidente)
PICCIRILLO ALESSANDRA (Membro Effettivo)
CASSINI RUDI (Supplente)
FRANGIPANE DI REGALBONO ANTONIO (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Students should have basic theoretical knowledge and practical laboratory skills of microbiology and parasitology, especially referred to food-borne zoonoses agents
Target skills and knowledge: Students should acquire knowledge and should be able to use the basic tools of descriptive and quantitative epidemiology; should know the epidemiology of major food-borne zoonoses in animal populations and should be able to apply critically biotechnologies to their surveillance and control
Examination methods: The exam consists of an oral part, concerning the theoretical modules (Epidemiology and control of food-borne zoonoses) and of a written multiple choice test, concerning the practical module (laboratory diagnostics)
Assessment criteria: The knowledge of general features of major food-borne zoonoses and of related biotechnologies and the ability to critically apply the outcomes of the biotecnology laboratory to their surveillance and control will be evaluated
Course unit contents: Definition, classification and socio-economic relevance of zoonoses.
Introduction to epidemiology. Hosts-agents-environment interactions as determinants of food-borne zoonoses. Measures of disease occurrence; epidemic curves, reproductive rate of infections. Diagnostic tests: sensitivity, specificity, predictive values. Sampling methods in surveillance. Epidemiological study design: cross-sectional and longitudinal studies; measures of association (Relative Risk, Odds Ratio, Attributable Risk). Principles of risk analysis. Surveillance and control of food-borne zoonoses in animal populations.
Etiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, symptoms, diagnosis and control in animals of campylobacteriosis, salmonellosis, colibacillosis, listeriosis, brucellosis, tuberculosis, BSE.
Etiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, symptoms, diagnosis and control of Toxoplasmosis, Giardiosis, Cryptosporidiosis, Teniasis-Cisticercosis, Cystic and Alveolar Echinococcosis-Hydatidosis, Trichinellosis, Anisakiosis, Diphyllobothriosis, Opistorchiosis.
Practical part: isolation and identification of Salmonella spp. and Campylobacter spp.; micro- and macroscopic identification and classical and molecular diagnostic methods applied to parasitic agents of food-borne zoonoses.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes a theoretical part and a practical part. In the first one the main subjects are presented and discussed. Seminars with experts from national/international reference centers, research laboratories and food industry are provided. Guided visits to these structures are also provided.
In the second one students will acquire basic skills in biomolecular diagnosis of main agents of food-borne zoonoses through laboratory practice
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students are provided with teaching resources used by the teacher both directly and by the Moodle platform. Other material is available on the web:

- Pfeiffer D. U. Veterinary Epidemiology – An introduction.
www.vetmed.wisc.edu/education/courses/epi/Pfeiffer.pdf);
- Slorach S. A. Animal production food safety challenges in global markets. Scientific and Technical Review 25 (2), 2006
http://www.oie.int/publications-and-documentation/scientific-and-technical-review-free-access/list-of-issues/
- EFSA http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/topics/topic/foodborne
zoonoticdiseases.htm
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Taylor M. A., Coop R. L., Wall R. L., Parassitologia e Malattie Parassitarie degli Animali. Roma: EMSI, 2010. Edizione italiana a cura di Garippa G., Manfredi M. T., Otranto D.
  • De Carneri I., Parassitologia medica e diagnostica parassitologica. Milano: Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bottarelli E., Ostanello F., Epidemiologia. Teoria ed esempi di medicina veterinaria. Bologna: Edagricole, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Scaglia M, Gatti S., Rondanelli E. G., Parassiti e parassitosi umane. Pavia: Selecta Medica, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Acha P. N., Szyfres B., Zoonoses and Communicable Diseases Common to Man and Animals. --: Pan American Health Organization, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo