Salmonellosis – Denmark

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23 cases infected with Salmonella Typhimurium in various regions in Denmark, including 9 in Hovedstaden, 6 in Syddanmark, 4 in Sjaelland, and 2 in both Midtjylland and Nordjylland. It is suspected that the transmission is from contaminated food.

The cases consist of 13 women and 10 men ranging from 2 to 92 years. No symptoms were included in the report.

12 people were admitted to hospitals and cases of salmonella have been reported for four months.

Nearby countries such as Norway have recalled meat from Germany due to similar salmonella outbreaks.

Photo: Salmonella (red) invading human cells.

Infection with salmonella in developed countries generally results in food poisoning. The organisms enter through the digestive tract and must be ingested in large numbers to cause disease in healthy adults. Between 60% to 80% of salmonella infections cases go un-diagnosed.

Risk factors for salmonella infections include a variety of foods. Meats such as chicken and pork have the possibility to be contaminated. A variety of vegetables and sprouts may also have salmonella. Lastly, a variety of processed foods such as chicken nuggets and pot pies may also contain this bacteria.

Salmonella was first visualized in 1880. The name Salmonella was not used until 1900.

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