International outbreak of Salmonella Senftenberg in 2007

L. Pezzoli, R. Elson, C. Little, I. Fisher, H. Yip, T. Peters, M. Hampton, E. de Pinna, J. E. Coia, H. A. Mather, D. J. Brown, E. Møller Nielsen, S. Ethelberg, M. E. Heck, C. M. de Jager, J. Threlfall

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Since the beginning of 2007, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) Laboratory of Enteric Pathogens (LEP) has reported on 51 human isolates of Salmonella Senftenberg in England and Wales. This represents a significant rise compared to less than 10 in the same time period in 2006 and 2005. Of the 51 isolates, 35 (69%) have been received since 8 April (Week 15).
Fresh basil, sampled in May as part of a United Kingdom wide survey of fresh herbs on retail sale, was found to be contaminated with S. Senftenberg. The HPA launched microbiological and epidemiological investigations to elucidate the causes of this outbreak.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3218
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2007

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