The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports on a Salmonella Senftenberg outbreak affecting more than a dozen countries since August 2022.
Through July 12, 2023, 92 cases (81 confirmed and 11 possible) of Salmonella Senftenberg, the majority with genetically similar isolates, have been reported in Austria (5), Belgium (4), Czechia (4), Estonia (1), Finland (12), France (16), Germany (26), Ireland (1), the Netherlands (5), Norway (1), Sweden (11), the United Kingdom (4), and the United States (2). One patient has died of the infection.
The first case was reported in France with an isolation date of 22 August 2022 and the most recent case was reported on 24 June 2023 in Sweden.
Case interviews in Austria, Germany, France, and Sweden suggested cherry-like tomatoes as a possible vehicle of infection.
The symptoms of Salmonella generally appear in 12 to 36 hours after the consumption of contaminated food. These include fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. and the symptoms usually last for a few days. Antibiotic treatment is commonly not needed but due to the effect of dehydration, hospital admission may be required. In rare cases, an infection can be fatal, particularly in the elderly and people with suppressed immunity.
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