Food borne illness has increased in Queensland, Australia

There have been 13 outbreaks of food borne illness in Queensland this year. Almost 1,900 cases of salmonellosis have been reported. This number is more than double the usual number of cases for this time of year. Health authorities have alerted food establishments to review and increase food preparation measures. At least half the cases are caused by a type of salmonella bacteria called Salmonella typhimurium.

Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to the many germs found in food and water that cause intestinal illness (such as cholera, E.coli, salmonella, and many viruses) by following food and water recommendations. Avoid food and beverages sold by street vendors. Practise careful personal hygiene with frequent hand washing.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Food and Water Contamination and Salmonellosis.