By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

At least one hundred children have contracted salmonella-induced diarrhea in Central Finland, according to a YLE report. Most of the cases are from Jyväskylä, but there are all over the province.

Salmonella bacteria (red)/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

One hundred have come to the hospital, but we know that siblings have also fallen ill in their families, says Ole Andersen, Chief Pediatrician of Jyväskylä .

There are likely to be significantly more patients than hospitalized children.

The hospital’s infection unit and health inspectors are currently investigating the origin of salmonella.

All the cases we know are united by the fact that the patients are children in care in kindergartens, but the children have been in care in different kindergartens, says Mia Kapanen , the leading environmental health inspector for environmental health in the Jyväskylä region.

Preschools in the area generally outsource meals; however, it is still unclear whether they all use the same provider. Authorities have ruled out drinking water as well as the water used in swimming pools as the source of the bacteria.

Investigations into the origin of salmonella are still in the early stages, Kapanen says.

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