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Title: An outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen after consuming sea turtle, Northern Territory, Australia, 2017.
Authors: Draper ADK
James CL
Pascall JE
Shield KJ
Langrell J
Hogg A
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Commun Dis Intell Q Rep. 2017 Dec 1;41(4):E290-E294.
Abstract: An outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen gastroenteritis occurred in a remote coastal Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia. There were 22 people sick (attack rate 55%); 7 had laboratory confirmed S. Muenchen infection; 2 required medical evacuation and admission to the intensive care unit (ICU). We conducted a descriptive case series to investigate the outbreak. All cases ate meat from a single green turtle (Chelonia mydas). The animal's pre-death stress, improper butchering, insufficient cooking and the unsatisfactory storage of meat all likely contributed to the outbreak. Turtle meat should be prepared safely, cooked thoroughly and stored appropriately to avoid Salmonella infection.
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Journal title: Communicable diseases intelligence quarterly report
Volume: 41
Pages: E290-E294
Publication Date: 2017-12-01
Type: Historical Article
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