Salmonellosis – Finland
At least 100 children in Central Finland contracted diarrhoea from food contaminated with salmonella and have been hospitalised.
Most of the cases were from Jyväskylä city, but other parts of the region were also affected.
A source of the outbreak is currently unknown. All infected children attended different preschools.
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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