Salmonellosis – Finland
450 people contracted Salmonella in Jyväskylä, Finland. The source of the infection is thought to be Swedish lettuce.
The source of the infection is thought to be Swedish lettuce although confirmation tests are still being done. All infections were contracted at a daycare, therefore mainly impacting children.
450 infections of these 377 are children and 65 are adults.
More attention is now being placed on hygiene in kindergartens.
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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