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Food-borne tonsillopharyngitis outbreak in a hospital cafeteria.
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PMID:  21826437     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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OBJECTIVE: A food-borne tonsillopharyngitis outbreak was reported between 9th and 13th of February, 2008, in Söke State Hospital, Aydın, Turkey. METHODS: This descriptive cohort study was carried out immediately after the outbreak. In order to determine the probable origin, a questionnaire involving demographical features, clinical features, and possible risk factors was distributed to 403 persons. The participants of the questionnaire (n = 403) were divided into two groups: the study group (n = 252); those with any two of the following three complaints; sore throat, fever, and dizziness, and the control group (n = 151); those without these complaints. RESULTS: This investigation revealed that 252 people were affected by this outbreak. Group A β-hemolytic streptococci were isolated from the throat cultures of 63 affected individuals (25%) and an employee working in the patisserie that made desserts served for lunch. Since the number of people who ate the milky dessert was statistically higher compared to the non-eaters, the milky dessert was thought to be the origin of the outbreak. CONCLUSIONS: We suggest that throat infections among employees working in food production may cause outbreaks of upper respiratory tract infections.
Authors:
B M Ertugrul; N Erol; M Emek; B Ozturk; O M Saylak; K Cetin; S Sakarya
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infection     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1439-0973     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-8-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0365307     Medline TA:  Infection     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Adnan Menderes University Medical Faculty, 09100, Aydın, Turkey, bertugrul@adu.edu.tr.
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