Salmonella outbreak prompts public health warning

| April 27, 2016

bean-sproutsA public health agency in South Australia has warned consumers not to eat raw beansprouts after a significant increase in the number of cases of Salmonella Saintpaul infections recorded in the state.

SA Health says that it has been notified of 233 cases of Salmonella Saintpaul infection since the start of December 2015, with 108 cases reported in the last 11 days. Typically, only 15-20 cases are reported each year in South Australia. At least 43 of the recently reported cases have required hospital treatment.

On the basis of epidemiological evidence, the outbreak investigation has identified the consumption of raw beansprouts as the most likely vehicle for infection. SA Health is advising consumers to cook all beansprouts and avoid eating them raw. Catering outlets have also been warned not to serve raw beansprouts until further notice.

The public health warning can be found on the SA Health website here.

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