NSW salmonella – sharp increase
Over 1,200 cases of Salmonella have been reported in New South Wales (NSW) in the first months of 2007, prompting NSW Health and the NSW Food Authority to issue a health advisory to the community.
Salmonella infections have increased by 34%. Following this wave of salmonella cases, the NSW Health and Food authorities will warn the public of the importance of properly preparing and cooking chicken, eggs and meat products.
“Salmonella is a common foodborne illness and can be contracted in a number of ways. For many cases no clear link to an outbreak has been identified so it is important for the community to be aware of preventative tips,” said Dr Jeremy McAnulty, NSW Health director of Communicable Diseases.