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In a follow-up on a report from January, European health officials say 32 infants and young children have all been affected by the same outbreak strain of Salmonella Poona linked to infant formula products based on rice proteins.

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30 cases were reported in France, while one case each was reported in Belgium and Luxembourg. The suspected infant formula products based on rice proteins were made by a factory in Spain between August and October 2018 and marketed by a French company.

To date, S. Poona has not been detected in any sample of the implicated batches of infant formula tested either at the Spanish processing company or at the French company.

A recall of the suspected products was initiated in January.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.