Salmonella outbreak in Netherlands

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About 150 people have fallen ill with salmonella since August and the numbers continue to rise as new cases are being reported every week, says the public health institute.

5 November 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is warning of a large-scale outbreak of salmonella in the Netherlands.

About 150 people have visited doctors and hospitals with symptoms including diarrhoea and vomiting since August. Between five and 10 new cases are being reported per week; normal rates of infection are just two per week.

According to the RIVM, the new strain of salmonella is extremely resistant to antibiotics. Elderly people, children and pregnant women are particularly prone to infection. The source of the outbreak is as yet unknown.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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