Dangerous Pathogen Enterobacter sakazakii and Its Detection
Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague
The aim of the review is to characterize Enterobacter sakazakii alias Cronobacter sp. as one of most dangerous microbial contaminants in foods. The microbe is a pathogen causing a serious disease in premature and newborn infants, rarely in adults. Despite a low occurrence of the infections, a high mortality (up to 80 %) has been reported. A survey of methods of its detection is given. Cultivation, chromogenic/fluorogenic media, biochemical kits and molecular genetic methods are promising in Enterobacter sakazakii screening in foods.
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