Salmonellosis – Russia

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School children were hospitalized and later diagnosed with Salmonellosis after lunch in a cafe in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Out of 18 children, 13 got infected and developed symptoms of food poisoning including vomiting and diarrhea.

Salmonellosis is usually caused by Salmonella bacterium as a result of fecal contamination.

Although no death was recorded, the authorities have organized an inspection to file the results of the investigation report.

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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