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Scientists Warn Of Multidrug Resistant Salmonella Strain

August 3, 2011 by USA Post 

Scientists Warn Of Multidrug Resistant Salmonella StrainScientists Warn Of Multidrug Resistant Salmonella Strain, The identification of a new resistant strain of salmonella shows the importance of surveillance in public health in a global food system, French scientists say.

Hisanlysis of national surveillance systems in the United States, Denmark, France, England and Wales reveals the emergence of the strain of S. Salmonella Kentucky, which has a high level of resistance to ciprofloxacin, a common treatment for severe salmonella infections.

This strain infected 489 patients in France, England and Wales and Denmark between 2000 and 2008. The first infections were acquired mainly in Egypt between 2002 and 2005. Since 2006, infections have also been acquired in various parts of Africa and the Middle East.

About 10 percent of Europeans said that patients had not traveled to any of these areas, suggesting that their infection can result from eating contaminated food imported or through contact with infected people, said researchers from the Pasteur Institute.

The researchers found that chickens and turkeys from Ethiopia, Morocco and Nigeria took the strain S. Kentucky, an indication that the birds can be an important source of infection.

The study is published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

“We hope that this publication could raise awareness among national authorities and international food and agricultural authorities to take necessary measures to control and stop the spread of this strain before it spreads worldwide, as another strain of multiresistant Salmonella typhimurium DT104, from the 1990s, “co-leader Simon Le Hello, said in a news release from the journal.

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