An outbreak of salmonellosis linked to a marine turtle

O'Grady, K.F. & Krause, V. (1999) An outbreak of salmonellosis linked to a marine turtle. South East Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine & Public Health, 30(2), pp. 324-327.

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Abstract

In September 1998, an outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred in a coastal Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory over a seven day period. An investigation was conducted by the Center for Disease Control, Territory Health Services. Thirty-six cases were detected and 17% (n=6) were hospitalized. Salmonella chester was isolated from eight of nine stool specimens. Sixty-two percent of cases interviewed (n=28) reported consumption of a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) within a median of 24 hours prior to onset of illness. Of the remainder, all but two were contacts of other cases. Salmonella chester was isolated from a section of partially cooked turtle meat. There are no previous published reports of salmonellosis associated with consumption of sea turtles despite them being a popular food source in coastal communities in the Pacific.

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ID Code: 64717
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Salmonella, Outbreak, Turtle, Indigenous
ISSN: 0125-1562
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization
Deposited On: 22 Nov 2013 02:56
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2013 04:35

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