Salmonellosis – Denmark
15 cases of Salmonella in Denmark since mid-September after consumption of contaminated Danish eggs.
7 cases have been recorded in Syddanmark, 3 in Midtjylland, 2 each in Nordjylland and Sjaelland, and 1 in Hovedstaden. 7 women and and 8 men aged from 2 to 85 years old have been infected and 7 have been hospitalized. Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.
Danaeg has recalled eggs stamped with 081131 as the last digits.
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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