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Rare Salmonella Crops Up in NZ

by 5m Editor
4 April 2008, at 8:28am

NEW ZEALAND - A rare and deadly strain of Salmonella is causing concern in New Zealand, but, as of yet, the source of the outbreak is still unknown.

The Ministry of Health is working with local and national authorities to determine what has caused the outbreak of salmonella mbandaka, a strain rarely seen in New Zealand, say the news agency Stuff.

'Nationally there have been 28 cases, 10 of which were in the Nelson Marlborough district.'

An elderly woman who had been infected with salmonella mbandaka recently died in Nelson Hospital.

Director of public health, Dr Mark Jacobs, said the ministry was working with the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA), the country's District Health Boards and ESR in an effort to determine the cause of the outbreak.

He said there had been a marked increase in notifications of the infection since the beginning of the year.

View the Stuff story by clicking here.

Further Reading

- Find out about Salmonellosis in poultry by clicking here.

5m Editor