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A national outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium DT 124 caused by contaminated salami sticks

  • J. M. Cowden (a1), M. O'Mahony (a1), C. L. R. Bartlett (a1), B. Rana (a1), B. Smyth (a1), D. Lynch (a1), H. Tillett (a1), L. Ward (a2), D. Roberts (a3), R. J. Gilbert (a3), A.C. Baird-Parker (a4) and D. C. Kilsby (a4)...

Summary

An outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium DT 124 infection which affected 101 people in England in December 1987 and January 1988 was detected through surveillance of laboratory reports from medical microbiology laboratories of the NHS and PHLS. Within 1 week of noting the increase in reports, epidemiological and microbiological investigations identified a small German salami stick as the vehicle of infection and the product was withdrawn from sale. The epidemiological investigation highlighted the occurrence of a long incubation period, bloody diarrhoea. Prompt recognition and investigation of the outbreak prevented further cases of severe infection.

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