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Saturday, March 7, 2009

4 Die from Deadly Sausage from Denmark

SALMONELLOSIS, SEROTYPE TYPHIMURIUM U292 - DENMARK: PORK
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Date: Wed 4 Mar 2009
From: Lasse Nuotio


Helsingin Sanomat, the leading Finnish newspaper, reported on 26 Feb
2009 that 4 elderly people in Denmark had died due to complications
of salmonellosis. According to the report the source of the infection
had been sausages made of pork and the contamination had been traced
to 2 slaughterhouses, one in Sjaelland [Zealand] and one in Jylland
[Jutland]. One of the slaughterhouses had exported considerable
amounts of the contaminated meat. Unexpectedly there have been no
reports of this in ProMED-mail.

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Lasse Nuotio, DVM PhD MSc
Helsinki, Finland


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[2]
Date: Fri 6 Mar 2009
Source: Ice News [edited]



Since October 2008, Denmark has suffered 2 big outbreaks of
salmonellosis from Danish sausages. 4 people have died as a result of
eating "medister" sausage, and at least 79 have been hospitalized
with stomach infections, according to the national disease control
center Statens Serum Institut.

Investigators have traced the deadly bacteria to 2 pork
slaughterhouses in Jutland and Zealand. However, Dr Kare Molbak of
the Statens Serum Institut says they can't be absolutely sure the
salmonella originated only in those 2 spots. The problem could be
more widespread in the nation's pork industry.

In a statement reported by the Copenhagen Post, Molbak confirmed:
"There are grounds for concern and this time we are in no doubt that
the salmonella comes from Danish pork."

But the deputy director of the Danish Meat Association, Erik Bisgaard
Madsen, insists that he's "99 per cent certain" that the salmonella
outbreak did not originate from one of his association's members.

[Byline: Luna Finnson]

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[ProMED-mail thanks Dr Nuotio for this report. As shown in the "see
also" list below, we have posted on this outbreak, reported to have
been associated with serotype Typhimurium U (undefined phage type)
292, since it began in 2008.

The regions of Denmark can be seen on the map at
.
The HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of Denmark can be accessed at
. - Mod.LL]

[see also:
2008
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Salmonellosis, serotype Typhimurium U292 - Denmark (04) 20081015.3270
Salmonellosis, serotype Typhimurium U292 - Denmark (03): background
20080711.2117
Salmonellosis, serotype Typhimurium U292 - Denmark (02) 20080710.2102
Salmonellosis, serotype Typhimurium U292 - Denmark 20080703.2029
Foodborne illness, hotel - Italy (02): (Brescia), salmonellosis 20080626.1974
Salmonellosis, st Enteritidis, child - Estonia: (Harju) 20080613.1874
Salmonellosis, online mapping - Europe 20080118.0228
Salmonellosis, tourists - UK ex Kenya (Coast Province): alert 20080115.0191
2007
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Salmonellosis, serotype Paratyphi var Java - Europe 20071221.4100
Salmonellosis, serotype Enteritidis, hotel lunch - EU ex Spain 20071019.3415
2005
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Salmonellosis, serotype Goldcoast, tourists - Multicountry ex Spain
(03) 20051212.3574
Salmonellosis, serotype Goldcoast, tourists - Multicountry ex Spain
20051028.3142
2001
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Salmonellosis, tourists - Norway ex Greece 20010927.2365]
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