New Zealand: Salmonella outbreak probed

Dec 4, 2008 12:05 PM

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Health officials are investigating what  is causing a nationwide outbreak of salmonella.

The gastric illness is caused by a bacteria that lives in the gut of domestic animals and infects people through contact, tainted food or untreated drinking water.
Almost 40 cases have been recorded of a particular strain of the bug since mid-October, 25 more than last year.
It's not confined to one place with patients from Auckland to Dunedin.

More than half of the cases were in Christchurch and Dunedin.

Chief Advisor Population Health Dr Greg Simmons says they have ruled out the most likely cause, which would be an infected food outlet.

He is encouraging people to wash their hands and make sure their meat is cooked before eating it.



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