Infectious Diseases 2019

Infectious Diseases 2019

Salmonella outbreak in a Belgian school

25 September, 2019

A Salmonella outbreak that sickened almost 200 people at a Belgian school was likely caused by eggs used to make a tartare sauce. The Agency for Care and Health (Zorg en Gezondheid) and Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) investigation detected Salmonella in the freshly prepared tartare sauce.
About 200 students and teachers from the school became ill from Sept. 6 onward. Laboratory analyses of stool samples revealed students and teachers had been affected by Salmonella. The online survey showed the tartar sauce made from eggs was the most likely source of the outbreak. Salmonella was detected in the freshly prepared tartar sauce. Salmonella present in the food appeared to be the same as in the stool samples from patients.