950 sick, 3 dead; full report on salmonella in smoked salmon

Who doesn’t love a leisurely browse through the weekly Eurosurveillance, along with some salmon and poached eggs, maybe some honeydew melon (which has yellow skin here but still green fruit on the inside).

Researchers this week report an ongoing outbreak of salmonellosis due to Salmonella Thompson is affecting the Netherlands. Between 2 August and 19 October 2012, 866 cases were confirmed. Their median age was 44 years (range: 0–95 years), 63% were female and 36% were hospitalized. A matched case–control study suggested smoked salmon as the vehicle. Salmonella Thompson was confirmed in four of nine batches of smoked salmon from one producer. A recall of all concerned smoked salmon products was executed starting end of September.

The complete report is available at http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20303.