Salmonellosis – United Kingdom
Over 850 people have been infected with Salmonellosis in the United Kingdom after feeding their reptiles mice.
The source of infections has been confirmed to be mice distributed by Monkfield Nutrition Ltd.
Over 850 cases have been detected.
The government is urging local pet store to provide clearer instructions for how to handle the mice.
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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