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Norway reports outbreak caused by rare salmonella strain, 18 affected

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), or the Folkehelseinstituttet reported an outbreak during the month of November caused by a relatively rare strain of the salmonella bacteria, according to a news release this week (computer translated).

Salmonella Image/CDC

Salmonella
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The outbreak of Salmonella Coeln has sickened at least 18 people in several counties (Oslo, Rogaland, Akershus, Nordland Oppland Oslo, Troms, Rogaland, Hordaland, Western College and Østfold) across the country.

According to the latest update, the patients include three children and fifteen adults. Salmonella infections are not usually serious and do not need treatment. Over the last ten years, we have been notified of approximately 0-3 cases of salmonellosis per year due to this strain.

The investigation into the outbreak is ongoing as health officials interview patients.

Salmonella is typically a food-borne illness acquired from contaminated raw poultry, eggs, and unpasteurized milk and cheese products. Thorough cooking kills Salmonella. Food may also become contaminated by the hands of an infected food handler who did not wash hands with soap after using the bathroom.

Norway map Image/CIA

Norway map
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Salmonella may also be found in the feces of some pets, especially those with diarrhea, and people can become infected if they do not wash their hands after contact with pets or pet feces. Reptiles, such as turtles, lizards, and snakes, are particularly likely to harbor Salmonella.

Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hoursafter infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

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