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KZN Health MEC reports "Salmonella outbreak"


KZN Health Director Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo said that a bacterium that is considered salmonella was identified at a restaurant in Durban. Image: Sibonelo Ngcobo

Health chief KvaZulu-Natal Durban – Health Director KvaZulu-Natal said on Monday that there was no salmonella outbreak in the province, but that bacteria that were considered salmonella were identified at a restaurant in Durban.

"Based on the information obtained from people who got sick and after considering the symptoms, incubation and the type of meal, it is most likely that this is a consequence of salmonella, which may have been present in raw eggs used to produce holandeza sauce," KZN said Health MEC, Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, at a press briefing in Durban.

Dholomo said he wanted to express "categorically" that there was no salmonella outbreak in the province. "There was a certain restaurant, and a few of those clients were hit, it is dedicated to it.

This question has to do with poorly prepared food in a certain area.

He said it was important for the media to convey the correct message and not consider the incident so similar to the listerial outburst that occurred throughout the country earlier in the year.

"It's not a good health story or an investor to say that there is [salmonella] the outbreak in KvaZulu-Natal. Salmonella is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract and is found in humans and animals. People get infected mostly by contacting infected water or food, "he said.

This issue of food safety and food preparation requires municipal supervision, he said and "advised" that the capacities in this regard are strengthened. "We would also like to be careful of all food managers to be cautious and to apply the highest standard of hygiene in preparing food," he said.

Last week, Merkur reported that at least 20 people were hospitalized for suspecting that they had contracted Salmonella after eating at a restaurant in Mhlanga in old city of Italy.

As suggested by Dhlomo, tests – done at the request of restaurants with independent laboratories – are still expected to confirm that food poisoning really caused Salmonella.

From Merkur's report on the outbreak of restaurants, other texts have been written about confirmed Salmonella epilepsy at the Jasper Church in Durban and a restaurant on the Florida coast. Fifteen people also allegedly had to be treated in a private hospital after being ill with salmonellosis after a comeback a few weeks ago.

On November 9, Lancet Laboratories sent a doctor a medical note: "Please note that we have noticed an increase in the number of cases of gastroenteritis due to Salmonella (non-tiphoidal) species in the KwaZulu-Natal region, including adult and pediatric cases."

"Non-tifoid species of salmonella are the leading cause of foodborne bacterial diseases," read the warning and can be obtained from countless sources of food. "The reported epidemics included eggs, fresh vegetables, frozen dinners, dairy products, peanut butter and orange juice.

African News Agency (ANA)

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