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Outbreak of campylobacteriosis following pre-cooked sausage consumption.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16366058     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: A small outbreak of campylobacteriosis involving three cases was investigated in terms of Campylobacter types present in the suspect food (pre-cooked sausages) and clinical samples from the cases. METHOD: Foods and faecal samples from people involved in the incident, which occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand, were tested for the presence of Campylobacter and identification of the species made. Isolates were typed by Penner serotyping and macrorestriction analysis using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Investigations were conducted as to whether the contamination was on the surface or the interior of the sausages. RESULTS: All isolates from food and faecal samples were identified as C. jejuni and were indistinguishable from one another by the typing methods employed. Only the surfaces of the sausages were contaminated. Three other isolates of an indistinguishable subtype were isolated from campylobacteriosis cases in Christchurch occurring over approximately the same period. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Given the rarity of the subtype isolated from the three family members and the three other cases, it is possible that the outbreak was larger than the initial investigation revealed. It is likely that the sausages were contaminated after they had been cooked by the retailer and were not reheated prior to consumption. This report illustrates the role of cross-contamination in an outbreak with an unusual food vehicle for campylobacteriosis. Physical separation of cooked and raw product is necessary to prevent recurrences of outbreaks similar to the one described here.
Christopher Graham; Rosemary Whyte; Brent Gilpin; Angela Cornelius; J Andrew Hudson; Dianne Morrison; Helen Graham; Carolyn Nicol
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian and New Zealand journal of public health     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1326-0200     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Public Health     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-21     Completed Date:  2006-01-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9611095     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Public Health     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  507-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
ESR Limited, Christchurch Science Centre, Ilam, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Campylobacter Infections / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Campylobacter jejuni / isolation & purification,  pathogenicity
Disease Outbreaks*
Food Contamination / analysis*
New Zealand / epidemiology

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