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Euro Surveill. 2013 Dec 5;18(49). pii: 20654.

Outbreak of Salmonella enterica Goldcoast infection associated with whelk consumption, England, June to October 2013.

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Anglia and Essex Centre, Public Health England, United Kingdom.


An increase in the number of cases of Salmonella enterica serotype Goldcoast infection was observed in England during September 2013. A total of 38 cases were reported, with symptom onset dates between 21 June and 6 October 2013. Epidemiological, environmental, microbiological and food chain evidence all support the conclusion that this outbreak was associated with eating whelks processed by the same factory. Whelks are a novel vehicle of Salmonella infection and should be considered when investigating future outbreaks.

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