Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, February 21st, 2006
According to recent research from the United States, "Foodborne outbreaks of Shigella infection are uncommon and tomatoes are an unusual vehicle. We describe a large, multiple-restaurant outbreak of Shigella flexneri serotype 2a infection that was associated with tomatoes.
"We conducted nationwide surveillance and a case-control study, collected fecal specimens for culture, and measured the survival of the outbreak strain of S. flexneri in tomatoes. We interviewed 306 of 886 ill restaurant patrons and 167 control subjects."
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