French people

Mainly sick children in the Salmonella epidemic in France

Nearly 50 people in France are sick with Salmonella infections after eating a type of dry sausage from Spain.

A total of 45 people were affected, including 27 children. All the sick people interviewed so far mentioned having eaten fuet before the onset of symptoms.

Monophasic Salmonella typhimurium strains sharing the same genetic characteristics were identified between June 24 and July 15 by the National Reference Center for Salmonella. This means that they are likely to be from the same source.

The link with the consumption of fuet produced by the Spanish company Embutidos Caula SL was made by the Directorate General of Food (DGAL), the Directorate General of Health and Public Health France.

All batches and fuet dates sold under different brands bearing the mention ES 10.01865 / GE CE have been withdrawn from sale or recalled.

Authorities have advised those in possession of the affected products not to consume them and have recommended that they be returned to the place of purchase.

In July and August 2020, 42 people fell ill in France in another monophasic outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium attributed to fuet from Spain. Children were also sick in this incident linked to a Spanish company called Embutidos Sola.

About Salmonella
Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria usually does not look, smell or taste bad. Anyone can get sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are weak, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has eaten the recalled products and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctor about possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria, as special tests are needed to diagnose salmonellosis. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnoses.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours of eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, the diarrhea can be so severe that patients must be hospitalized.

The elderly, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop serious illness and serious conditions, which can sometimes be fatal. Some people get infected without getting sick or showing symptoms. However, they can still pass the infections on to others.

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