Sixty-five People Catch Food Poisoning in Helsinki
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21.11.2008, 18.51 (updated 21.11.2008, 18.55)
public works department cafeteria is the site of Finland's
first cryptosporidium epidemic. Sixty-five people have been infected with
the micro-organism that causes gastro-intestinal illness.
Four people have been admitted to hospital because of dehydration, told Helsinki city
environmental health chief AnttiPönkä to YLE.
The public works cafeteria closed on Friday after health officials
learned of the outbreak on Thursday.
Pönkä suggests that the micro-organism may have
travelled to Finland
through imported foodstuffs. For this reason other outbreaks could
surface around the country.
A Common Cause of Disease
Cryptosporidium epidemics are relatively common around the world.
Contaminated food or drinking water often help
spread the organism. Pönkä is surprised that
cryptosporidium hasn't surfaced in Finland before.
"There have been several outbreaks in Finland's neighbouring
countries," says Pönkä.
Carriers usually begin experiencing symptoms within a week of infection.
Symptoms include diarrhoea, stomach cramps,
nausea and fever. Symptoms can last from two weeks to a month. In healthy
adults the gastro-intestinal illness caused by the organism usually
passes on its own.
The strain of this cryptosporidium outbreak is yet to be determined.