Outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis B in a family in southern Taiwan

Jei Kuang Chen, Hung Chin Tsai, Yung Ching Liu, Shue Ren Wann, Susan Shin Jung Lee, Yung Hsing Wang, Ming Hsin Mai, Cheng Len Sy, Yu Lin Li, Pei Jiuan Chao, Kuan Sheng Wu, Kung Ming Chen, Yao Shen Chen

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Abstract

Background and purpose: This study describes a Salmonella outbreak in a 9-member family in Southern Tai-wan, and emphasizes the risk of Salmonella infection in extreme age. Methods: Salmonella infection was identified by blood culture, stool swab, and Widal test. A questionnaire was designed for the family to ascertain the underlying disease, symptoms, and history of untreated water and food exposure. Results: Of 9 members in the family, 4 had symptoms of fever, abdominal pain, and watery diarrhea. There was a relationship between Salmonella infection and age, and associated symptoms included fever, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and weakness. Conclusion: Salmonella infection tends to occur more frequently in very young or very old people, especially elderly patients with chronic pre-existing comorbidities. Therefore, age is a significant risk factor for this symp-tomatic disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-525
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection
Volume42
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Age of onset
  • Disease outbreaks
  • Risk factors
  • Salmonella

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine(all)

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    Chen, J. K., Tsai, H. C., Liu, Y. C., Wann, S. R., Lee, S. S. J., Wang, Y. H., Mai, M. H., Sy, C. L., Li, Y. L., Chao, P. J., Wu, K. S., Chen, K. M., & Chen, Y. S. (2009). Outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis B in a family in southern Taiwan. Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection, 42(6), 521-525.