Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Salmonella outbreak spreads to Sweden and France
DR MUIRIS HOUSTON, Medical Correspondent
Source of Article: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2008/0819/1218868120742.html
THE SALMONELLA outbreak possibly
linked to a meat plant in Co Kildare has now spread to
The latest figures for the outbreak of
salmonella agona, released last night, show some
132 people have now been infected by the bug.
There has been one death linked to the salmonella outbreak. A 77-year-old British woman died from complications thought to be associated with the infection.
The genetic fingerprint of the microbe has been linked to a particular production line at the Dawn Farm Foods plant in Naas.
Of the 132 people with salmonella-induced food poisoning, some 125 have the same genetic fingerprint as samples taken from the meat plant. Final test results are awaited on a further seven cases.
Dawn Farm Foods decided to close the entire plant for a week last Friday. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said yesterday that this decision was the company's own and not based on specific advice from the authority.
Responding to weekend reports that the
particular type of salmonella agona identified as
the cause of the outbreak had been found in a river in
"We are continuing to look at all possible sources, but at the moment the only company implicated is Dawn Farm Foods," the authority added.
The food production company said it was the responsibility of EU authorities to track down other sources for the outbreak "should they exist".
A spokeswoman for the Health Protection Surveillance Centre said a water specimen taken from a Scottish river contained the exact same strain of salmonella but it had subsequently been established that the microbe had originated in a sewage outlet and was therefore the result rather than the cause of the outbreak.
Of the 132 people who have become sick
as a result of salmonella agona infection, some 76
cases have been identified in
The European Centre for Disease Control has reported that the Finnish case arose after the person ate beef strips contained in a sandwich.
As a result of the outbreak, beef
strips, chicken, lamb and pork supplied to at least eight European countries
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