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An international outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis associated with lasagne; lessons on the need for cross-national co-operation in investigating food-borne outbreaks.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10487639     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We investigated an outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis involving at least 19 British tourists returning from one hotel in another European country. A retrospective cohort study of 47 hotel guests identified lasagne as the most likely vehicle of transmission (RR 11.5; 95% CI 3.0-44.1; P < 0.0001). However, difficulties in information exchange and lack of formal mechanisms to agree on the aims of the cross-national investigation hampered efficient management of the outbreak. The factors leading to contamination of the food vehicle were not identified and therefore specific action to prevent reoccurrence could not be taken. There is need to develop protocols for cross-national investigations of outbreaks in Europe which should include specifying objectives, roles and responsibilities of investigators and control agencies, with formal reporting of the outcome of the investigation.
G Nylen; H M Fielder; S R Palmer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epidemiology and infection     Volume:  123     ISSN:  0950-2688     ISO Abbreviation:  Epidemiol. Infect.     Publication Date:  1999 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-09-27     Completed Date:  1999-09-27     Revised Date:  2010-03-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703737     Medline TA:  Epidemiol Infect     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
PHLS, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre Wales, Cardiff, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Cohort Studies
Disease Outbreaks*
Europe / epidemiology
Food Microbiology
Gastroenteritis / epidemiology*,  microbiology
International Cooperation
Retrospective Studies
Salmonella Food Poisoning / epidemiology*
Salmonella enteritidis / isolation & purification*

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