Salmonellosis – United Kingdom
April 2, 2022 – There has been a reported salmonellosis outbreak throughout the UK. The source of the outbreak is salmonella detected in Kinder Surprise chocolate candies. Public health action towards this alert include implementation of product recall. Officials advise individuals who have purchased the Kinder Surprise product back to the stores if they have recently purchased it and seek medical attention if they suspect any symptoms related to salmonellosis.
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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