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Europe: Salmonella outbreak affects 144

Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:09pm BST


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LONDON (Reuters) - A salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated meat has caused at least 144 cases of the food-borne disease, mainly in Britain and Ireland, European health officials said on Wednesday.

The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said the suspected meat products had been withdrawn from sale but that the outbreak had probably also infected two people each in Finland and France and two in Sweden.

The Stockholm-based agency said its scientists working on the outbreak believe all the cases are linked to a single food processing facility in Ireland.

Salmonella poisoning, which causes diarrhoea, fever and abdominal cramps, is very common. Symptoms often clear up without treatment but the bacteria can be dangerous for the young and elderly whose immune systems are not working properly.

(Reporting by Michael Kahn; editing by Richard Williams)





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