Salmonellosis – Mauritania
43 people in the city of Néma became sick from consuming spoiled milk. It is reported that a resident of the neighborhood distributed large quantities of milk before determining if it was safe.
Three cases from the Ashram neighborhood of Néma were reported early morning Sept 23. Common symptoms were abdominal pain, headache, and several hours later the number of cases began to increase.
43 fell ill including some children, but there are no reports of death. After being treated, patients seemed to recover slowly.
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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