Two Australians die after eating contaminated smoked salmon – prompting the authorities to issue an urgent warning
- Health authorities are currently investigating three cases of Listeria infections
- These cases have been reported in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales
- All cases have occurred in people older than 70 years
- Researchers believe that smoked salmon is the likely source of infection
Health authorities issued a warning after two people died and a third person fought for life because of a suspected smoked salmon infection.
The deaths were reported from New South Wales and Victoria.
The third non-fatal case comes from Queensland.
All three are thought to have contracted listeriosis, an infection caused by listeria bacteria.
& # 39; Investigations implied that smoked salmon was the likely source, & quot; said a statement from the Chief Medical Officer of Australia.
& # 39; All cases occurred in people over 70 years of age and all had major underlying health problems. & # 39;
Listeria information sheet
What is Listeriosis?
Listeriosis is a rare but serious disease caused by the bacteria that can survive and grow on certain high-risk foods
Although it is probably common for people to eat food contaminated with a small amount of bacteria, only a few people are at risk of becoming ill
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can include fever, muscle aches and sometimes nausea and diarrhea
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