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UK Investigating Salmonella in Eggs

In response to two deaths and nine recent outbreaks of Salmonella in the United Kingdom, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) is launching a full investigation, the Telegraph reported Saturday.

Since August 130 people in the United Kingdom have fallen ill and 3 have been hospitalized with the same strain of Salmonella linked to poultry and eggs.

The HPA is currently investigating the string of outbreaks to see if there is a common food source by interviewing those who have become ill with Salmonella infections during the outbreak.

“Preliminary investigations have suggested putative links to chicken and/or eggs in some outbreaks, and this is being actively tested through analytical epidemiological studies and appropriate investigation of supply chains,” according to the HPA report.

The strain identified in the outbreaks–Salmonella Enteritidis PT14b NxCpl–is one of 2,500 possible strains.

The Salmonella Enteritidis associated with the outbreak has proven resistant to certain types of antibiotics.

According to the Telegraph, experts in the UK are not concerned about antibiotic resistance as a significant threat to public health, but rather view the resistance as evidence that the series of cases are probably connected.

In addition to the 130 or so illnesses thought connected to this particular strain, the HPA reports over 120 other known cases of Salmonella since August, which is not abnormally high according to the agency.

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