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E. coli outbreak update. Work continues throughout weekend to find source. No new cases of E. coli have been reported so far this weekend, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health reports. Detective work to find the source of the bacteria continues unabated, however. “We are working on putting together and systematising all data that could be relevant to this matter” says the Institute’s head physician, Hans Blystad.

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E. coli outbreak update

Published on Sunday, 29th March, 2009 at 22:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Work continues throughout weekend to find source.

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All clear so far

No new cases of E. coli have been reported so far this weekend, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health reports. Detective work to find the source of the bacteria continues unabated, however.

“We are working on putting together and systematising all data that could be relevant to this matter” says the Institute’s head physician, Hans Blystad.

“But as it’s still early in the investigation, we don’t expect to be able to come with any new information regarding what we suspect the source of the infection to be at this stage”, he continues.

Threads

As reported on Friday, the children’s parents have been interviewed, as have others who have been in contact with them. The parents have been given detailed and lengthy questionnaires to fill out. Amongst the questions are what they have had to eat and drink, have they been in contact with animals, and what food or drink have they been served in kindergarten?

“In this particular matter we are also asking the parents to obtain printouts from their bank accounts to see where and when they bought food previous to their child becoming ill. With these, we can trace the detailed receipts from the actual shop concerned. Most of the large supermarket chains store such information electronically”, says Blystad.

Which authority is responsible for what?

The three authorities involved in this matter are working together. The Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) has responsibility for handling acute health problems amongst the population, the Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) is involved when they originate from food-products, and the Veterinary Institute (Veterinærinstituttet) analyses the samples.

It is not expected that analysis of these will be finished before next week at the earliest.




Published on Sunday, 29th March, 2009 at 22:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: bacteria, outbreak, infection, ecoli.





  
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