Marginal rise in the cases reported of the rare Salmonella outbreak in the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, nearly 24 people have gotten sick due to the Salmonella outbreak which is associated with pork from Romania, making the total number of impacted people 32.

From Ireland, 8 people have also become the victim of the outbreak and 5 amongst them were in dire need of hospital treatment.

The infections from this outbreak have been reported from 2017 till 2019.

Last year a person in Ireland fell sick. The rest 7 became the victim between 4th May and 3rd June. Those who were struck with the infection were 2 children and 6 adult males. There have not been any deaths due to infections.

It was told by a spokesperson from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control to the Food Safety News that thus far, other than Ireland, only the United Kingdom has reported confirmed cases.

He stated that few cases have been reported by other countries, nearly 2 to 3, however, no rise in the cases of Salmonella Bredeney infections. Hence, it is still not clear whether they were part of the similar events as the cases in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

In July, there was a recalling of a lot number 17 from Romania in Ireland due to the presence of Salmonella. The cooked, chilled pork preparation was made available in the Polonez stores throughout Ireland. There hasn’t been any recall of this product in the UK.

Previously there has not been a detection of Salmonella of this serotype with the same genetic sequence in the country.

In England, an average of 24 cases of the infection was reported between 2013 and 2018.

The spokesperson from ECDC stated that the incident has been dealt with mostly by the authorities from the United Kingdom and Ireland.