Salmonellosis – India

More than 50 people fall sick with food poisoning in villages of Uttar Pradesh, India after eating stale chaat at a local fair.

After attending the fair, many people went home and reported feeling sick in the stomach, which was followed by vomiting.

When their condition did not get better, the people went to the hospital (CHC Purwa). Doctors from CHC Purwa also rushed to the villages to give treatment to 32 other people. Some people did not feel better despite treatment, which led to an alert of the situation.

The event was at a local fair in Raghunathpur village in Purva block of Unnao district.

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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