Largest outbreak of salmonellosis in Canberra, Australia, traced to contaminated eggs supplied to restaurant

Canberra's largest salmonella outbreak that involved 140 infected people and caused 15 hospitalizations has been traced to a restaurant that served raw egg mayonnaise. The restaurant was supplied with heavily contaminated eggs by an egg producer in Victoria. Infections with salmonella bacteria can cause a gastro-intestinal illness (fever, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps) that can be mild and self-limiting to severe. Most people recover within 4 to 7 days without any special treatment other than fluids to prevent dehydration. Travellers can reduce the risk of acquiring salmonella infections by following food and water precautions.

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