Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Duck Eggs in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced recently that it is investigating a surge in Salmonella Typhimurium DT8 cases linked to consumption of duck products, especially duck eggs, which may have been responsible for one death. A total of 63 confirmed cases have been reported in Great Britain so far this year, a significant spike from the 34 cases reported for 2008 and 47 in 2009. A similar outbreak is currently under investigation in Ireland, where 24 cases associated with consumption of duck eggs from small backyard flocks and private farms have been reported since the start of 2010.

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