Stuff publish Centre and ESR alert about Salmonella Enteritidis

Centre and ESR scientists submitted an article to news outlet Stuff warning consumers about the incursion of Salmonella Enteritidis, which has been linked to 114 cases of salmonellosis since 2019.  Forty percent of those infected ended up in hospital.  Stringent protocols were in place to keep it out of the poultry and egg production chain, but as the article points out, bacteria and viruses are very good at breaching our defences. 

The article iterates MPI advice about how to prevent infection.   In brief, eggs must be cooked, and consumers are advised to wash hands after handling eggshells. 

Centre scientists are working with ESR, Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry of Health, and the poultry industry (PIANZ) on elimination strategies. 

As always, we will keep you posted.

Dr Catherine McLeod, Director

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