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Outbreak of group A streptococcal throat infection: don't forget to ask about food.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18005475     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report a large foodborne outbreak due to group A streptococci (GAS), which caused acute tonsillo-pharyngitis in 200-250 patrons of a company canteen in Copenhagen, Denmark, in June 2006. A retrospective cohort study of canteen users showed that consumption of cold pasta was associated with an increased risk of illness (attack rate 68%, risk ratio 4.1, P<0.0001). Indistinguishable GAS strains (emm89, T-type 3/13/B3264) were cultured from three cases and a cook, who had prepared the pasta. To our knowledge, pasta has previously only twice been incriminated as the source of a GAS outbreak. Only six foodborne GAS outbreaks have been reported in Europe since 1970, four of them in Sweden or Denmark. This geographical clustering suggests that foodborne GAS outbreaks are probably under-recognized elsewhere.
G Falkenhorst; J Bagdonaite; M Lisby; S B Madsen; L Lambertsen; K E P Olsen; K Mølbak
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-11-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epidemiology and infection     Volume:  136     ISSN:  0950-2688     ISO Abbreviation:  Epidemiol. Infect.     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-18     Completed Date:  2008-09-16     Revised Date:  2013-06-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703737     Medline TA:  Epidemiol Infect     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1165-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Epidemiology, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Denmark / epidemiology
Disease Outbreaks*
Food Microbiology*
Logistic Models
Pharyngitis / epidemiology*,  microbiology
Streptococcal Infections / epidemiology*,  microbiology
Streptococcus pyogenes*

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