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Salmonella, Listeria Outbreaks Tackled At EU Event

Almost 50 people fell ill in France with Salmonella infections this past year linked to chicken from one slaughterhouse. Salmonella in beef from Germany was also documented, Joe Whitworth reported for Food Safety News.


Photo Insert: Scientists recommended strengthening surveillance by systematic sequencing of all human, food, and environmental Salmonella isolates.



Without whole genome sequencing (WGS), the persistent low-level outbreak could have gone undetected, according to a presentation at the European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology conference, organized by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.


Scientists recommended strengthening surveillance by systematic sequencing of all human, food, and environmental Salmonella isolates.



In June 2020, the National Reference Centre for Salmonella reported to Santé Publique France a cluster of Salmonella serotype 4,5,12:i:- cases identified by WGS since January 2020. Forty-nine cases were detected with 46 living in the Ile-de-France region.


They ranged in age from a few months to 76 years old with a median of 3 years old. Among 24 people interviewed, symptom onset ranged from Jan. 15 to Oct. 18, 2020. Nine patients were hospitalized but no deaths were recorded.




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