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Published On: Thu, Oct 12th, 2017

Ukraine: Salmonella sickens dozens in Lviv, linked to smoked fish

The Department of Civil Protection of the Lviv Regional State Administration has reported 71 Salmonella cases linked to smoked fish, according to a Donetsk report (computer translated).

Salmonella image/CDC

This is called the biggest food poisoning outbreak reported in the past decade.

Of the 71 cases, seven reported in children.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can be treated with antibiotics. Most people infected develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection.

Salmonella symptoms usually last four to seven days, and most individuals recover without any treatment. In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites.

In these cases, Salmonella can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

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