National Reference Centre for Enteropathogenic Bacteria and Listeria (NENT)

contact:

  • Leiter: PD Dr. Guido Bloemberg (guidovincent.bloemberg@uzh.ch)
  • Dr. Andrea Müller (andreamonika.mueller@uzh.ch)
  • Dr. Jule Horlbog (jule.horlbog@uzh.ch)

The National Reference Centre for Enteropathogenic Bacteria and Listeria is partly funded by the Federal Office of Public Health. Since May 1st 2009 this reference lab is part of the Institute for Food Safety and Hygiene.

The NENT is an active member of the ECDC -initiated “Programme on food- and water-borne diseases and zoonoses“. This programme is an established and thriving EU-wide network for the laboratory-based surveillance of human Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infections.

Moreover, the NENT is part of the international alarm system for epidemics.

The service catalog of the NENT covers the primary diagnostics of EPEC, ETEC, EIEC, EAggEC and STEC/EHEC/VTEC from human samples as well as the National Reference Centre function (strains isolated from humans and food ) for:

  • Salmonella spp.
  • Shigella spp.
  • Campylobacter spp.
  • enterpathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC, ETEC, EIEC und STEC/EHEC)
  • Yersinia spp.
  • Vibrio cholerae
  • Listeria monocytogenes (since May 2011)