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Large outbreaks of Salmonella Typhimurium phage type 135 infections associated with the consumption of products containing raw egg in Tasmania

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Stephens, N and Sault, C and Firestone, SM and Lightfoot, D and Bell, C, Large outbreaks of Salmonella Typhimurium phage type 135 infections associated with the consumption of products containing raw egg in Tasmania, Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 31, (1) pp. 118-124. ISSN 1447-4514 (2007) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]


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Abstract

This report describes one of the largest egg-associated outbreaks of foodborne illness in Australia for many years. Between June and December 2005, five outbreaks of Salmonella Typhimurium phage type 135 were identified in Tasmania, leading to 125 laboratory-confirmed cases. Public health investigations included case and food handler interviews, cohort studies, environmental health investigations of food businesses, microbiological testing, traceback, and inspections and drag swabbing of an egg farm. These investigations enabled identification of foods containing raw egg or foods contaminated through inadequate food handling and/or storage procedures as possible vehicles for infection. A particular poultry farm was reported as the common source of eggs. Interventions targeting the general public and food handlers to promote better handling of egg products, and advice to egg producers regarding harm minimisation strategies led to the series of outbreaks being brought under control.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Keywords:salmonellosis, foodborne illness, outbreak, cohort studies, surveillance, eggs, Typhimurium 135
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response)
UTAS Author:Stephens, N (Dr Nicola Stephens)
ID Code:132653
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2019-05-16
Last Modified:2019-07-09
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