Dozens of Dutch tourists are spending their holiday in Macedonia in the bathroom rather than at the pool or the beach. A mysterious virus from the nearby Skopje has two-thirds of the Dutch tourists in the Izgrev Spa & Aqua Park in Ohrid stuck in their hotel rooms.
The hotel has room for about 700 guests, 332 of them are Dutch tourists who traveled through travel agency Corendon. So far only about 20 people reported to the company that they were sick. All of them were treated for diarrhea. CEO Atilay Uslu told the Telegraaf that the virus has to do with “something in the pool. But I’m not a doctor.”
Two prominent French reference laboratories confirmed the source of Listeria outbreak here was the smoked pork product “Extra Mein” made by a Kumanovo-based company, Macedonian health minister said on Friday.
The test results from Paris-based Louis Pasteur Institute and Anses confirmed the primary findings of the source explored by Macedonian institutions. And the results will be submitted to Macedonian Public Prosecutor’s Office where the case has already been filed.
Ten patients were infected with Listeria bacteria in July and August in Macedonia, five of whom died.
Sample of smoked pork neck slices produced by Kumanovo company with the name of “Extra Mein” has been tested positive forLlisteria bacteria, Macedonia’s Commission for Infectious Diseases of Macedonian Ministry of Health released on Wednesday.
This listeria bacteria found in the Kumanovo company’s product is 98 percent match with the bacteria genotype of those infected eight patients in Macedonia, four of whom have been taken life.
Steps forward for locating the source of the disease will be taken and epidemiological tests will be made by professional institutions, said Zvonko Milenkovic, chair of the Commission for Infectious Diseases of Macedonian Ministry of Health.
Delaying the official announcement of the source of listeria, which affected eight people in Macedonia over the past month, four of whom died, causes panic among the citizens in Macedonia, Radio Free Europe writes.
According to experts, the lab results could have been announced few days ago, while the lack of information causes harms to the companies that work properly.
According to professor Ilija Karov, it is not right to keep the source of the disease secret.
Radio Free Europe recalls that initially it was announced that the bacteria was found in two types of homemade sausages, while the food safety agency issued an order for monitoring and control on the entire distribution chain.
I’m all over home preserving jams, pickles and salsa but I’ve not been able to get into home fermenting sausages. Not just the root word for botulism, European fermented sausages have been linked to Listeria issues in the past. According to FOCUS News Agency, an outbreak of Listeria in Macedonia may or may not be linked to homemade sausages (something might be lost in translation).
Listeria bacteria were found in two kinds of homemade sausages, a check of the Food and Veterinary Agency shows, the Macedonian online news edition NOVA reported.
Some 300 samples are expected to be additionally tested.
According to the Agency, the contaminated products cannot be linked to the people infected with Listeria.
The edition says there have so far been eight people suffering from listeriosis in Macedonia, four of whom have died.
A fourth person has died in Macedonia from a Listeria outbreak. One of the other victims was a baby.
In total there are seven so far recorded cases of the disease, and across the country have been strengthened controls on meat, dairy and fruit products in which most frequently was found the bacterium.
Three people infected with the bacteria Listeria, which was detected in seven patients in Macedonia, died in a month, Dnevnik daily reports.
The Committee on Infectious Diseases held meeting late Monday, third in the past four days, in the presence of the Health Minister Nikola Todorov, after receiving information from the Institute of Public Health that seven cases in which laboratory tests confirmed the presence of listeria were registered in a month.
Five of the reported cases were diagnosed with listeria caused meningitis or meningoencephalitis and two newborn babies were diagnosed with listeria sepsis. Three of the seven reported cases ended with death – one patient aged 72, the second patient aged 59 and a newborn child.