Mainly children ill in French Salmonella outbreak

Nearly 50 people in France are sick with Salmonella infections after eating a type of dry sausage from Spain.

A total of 45 people were affected, including 27 children. All the patients interviewed so far mentioned eating fuet before the symptoms started.

Strains of monophasic Salmonella typhimurium that share the same genetic characteristics were identified by the National Reference Center for Salmonella between June 24 and July 15. This means that they probably come from the same source.

The link with the consumption of fuel produced by the Spanish company Embutidos Caula SL was made by the Directorate-General for Nutrition (DGAL), Directorate General for Health and Santé Publique France.

All batches and dates of fuet sold under various brand names and marked ES 10.01865/GE CE have been withdrawn from sale or recalled.

Authorities advised people who have the affected products not to consume them and recommended that they be returned to the place of purchase.

In July and August 2020, 42 people became ill in France in another monophasic outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium, traced to fuet from Spain. Children were also sick in this incident linked to a company in Spain called Embutidos Sola.

About Salmonella
Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria usually doesn’t look, smell, or taste bad. Anyone can get sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of serious illness because their immune systems are vulnerable, the CDC said.

Anyone who has eaten recalled products and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should inform their doctor about possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria, as special tests are needed to diagnose salmonellosis. Symptoms of Salmonella infection can mimic other illnesses, often leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours of eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. However, in some cases, diarrhea can be so severe that patients require hospitalization.

Older adults, children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop serious illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions. Some people become infected without getting sick or showing any symptoms. However, they can still spread the infections to others.

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