Salmonellosis – Norway
Salmonella outbreak across Europe linked to Syria.
The outbreak is linked to tahini and halva from Syria.
More than 120 people have been affected since 2019 in Germany, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands. There are five different Salmonella strands involved.
Patients range from 1 to 69 years old.
The European Food Safety Authority plans to publish an assessment on the outbreak soon.
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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