As the EU health authority ECDC announced in a broadcast on Thursday, 335 cases were reported in connection with this outbreak from January to October this year, including Austria with 31 cases.
The cases – three different microbiological clusters are assumed – were registered in Austria, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, France, Finland, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Slovenia as well as Great Britain and the USA. Nine affected people in three countries were hospitalized. A man in Carinthia has died. According to the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), surveys at the time showed a high probability of a connection with chicken kebab skewers produced in Poland.
Kebabs from Poland as a trigger
Traceability information revealed that the salmonella-contaminated kebabs were distributed by several Polish food companies. The trade connection suggests one or more common sources of contamination in Austria, Denmark and Italy.
However, according to the EU health authority, further investigations are needed to determine the root cause of the contamination and the source of infection, which is crucial for the rapid implementation of targeted effective control and corrective measures. Because the source of contamination has not been identified, it is likely that new cases will emerge in this ongoing, multi-country outbreak, the ECDC said.
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