An outbreak of salmonellosis linked to a marine turtle

O'Grady, Kerry-Ann & Krause, Vicki (1998) An outbreak of salmonellosis linked to a marine turtle. The Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin, 4(1), pp. 1-4.

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On 18 September 1998 the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Darwin was notified of an outbreak of gastroenteritis predominantly affecting adults in a Top End coastal community. There had been no previous presentations to the community clinic in the month of September with vomiting or diarrhoea. On 14 September, a green turtle (Chledonia mydas) was cooked and distributed throughout the community. Water collected from a water hole near the community (known as the aerator) was used as drinking water at the cook site and to cook the meat. In addition, there were reports that kava, a plant derived tranquilliser,1 had been consumed the night before using water from the same source. An investigation was conducted to determine the aetiology and source and to instigate prevention and control measures.

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ID Code: 64737
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: Indigenous, Outbreak, Salmonella, Turtle
ISSN: 1440-883X
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
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2013 00:31
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2013 00:31

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