By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
In a follow-up on the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in Sweden, the Swedish Public Health Agency reports between 27 December 2020 and 1 April 2021, 32 people living in 15 counties fell ill after infection with one and the same type of Salmonella Enteritidis. Of the disease cases, 19 were children under the age of ten, while nine of the cases were over the age of 70.
Through its national microbial surveillance program, the Swedish Public Health Agency identified several cases of the disease that were infected with the same type of Salmonella Enteritidis. Based on the infection control units’ interviews of the sick about what they ate and where they bought food before the sick, the suspected source of infection could be traced to chocolate wafers, a kind of chocolate wafer, sold in Axfood stores.
In analyzes carried out at the National Food Administration, salmonella was identified in chocolate wafers of the Eldorado brand, whereupon Axfood issued a recall of the batch in question ( Axfood recalls Eldorado Wafers Chocolate 415g ). Analysis of the bacterium’s genome then showed that the isolate from chocolate wafers was of the same type as that found in the disease cases, so the source of infection could be determined.