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An outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis phage type 4 infection in a rural community in Northern Ireland.
Commun Dis Rep CDR Rev. 1997 May 02; 7(5):R73-6.CD

Abstract

An outbreak of gastroenteritis arose in people who attended a charity barbecue at a hotel in a rural area of Northern Ireland in July 1995. About 120 people attended the barbecue, 98 of whom were identified. Fifty-one of them and seven members of hotel staff met the case definition. An epidemiological investigation showed that illness was significantly associated with eating foods containing mayonnaise that had been prepared using raw shell eggs and stored at too high a temperature. Salmonella enteritidis phage type 4 was cultured from 17 out of 24 faecal specimens received from people who attended the barbecue and in 17 out of 34 faecal specimens from staff, including all seven staff cases. The primary source of infection was not identified despite thorough investigation. This paper highlights the value of administering questionnaires by telephone when investigating community outbreaks of infection in rural areas, the important role of general practitioners in the identification of community outbreaks, and the need to periodically reiterate public health messages, in particular for food handlers and caterers.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Public Health and Nursing, Eastern Health and Social Services Board, Belfast. ldoherty@ehssb.n-i.nhs.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

9175310

Citation

Doherty, L, et al. "An Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Phage Type 4 Infection in a Rural Community in Northern Ireland." Communicable Disease Report. CDR Review, vol. 7, no. 5, 1997, pp. R73-6.
Doherty L, McCartney M, Mitchell E, et al. An outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis phage type 4 infection in a rural community in Northern Ireland. Commun Dis Rep CDR Rev. 1997;7(5):R73-6.
Doherty, L., McCartney, M., Mitchell, E., & Wilson, T. S. (1997). An outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis phage type 4 infection in a rural community in Northern Ireland. Communicable Disease Report. CDR Review, 7(5), R73-6.
Doherty L, et al. An Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Phage Type 4 Infection in a Rural Community in Northern Ireland. Commun Dis Rep CDR Rev. 1997 May 2;7(5):R73-6. PubMed PMID: 9175310.
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