Health officials in France are reporting four Salmonella Poona cases in infants whose strains are genetically linked.
The babies, two months to ten months in age, were sickened between the end of August 2018 and the end of December 2018. Three babies were hospitalized for their salmonellosis and all have been released.
Early investigations reveal a common food source with the four infants–powdered milk of the same brand produced by the same factory in Spain.
No other common food or drink has been reported.
Investigations are currently being conducted with the Spanish authorities and the manufacturer to define the management measures to be put in place.
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.
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