The cases of
contaminated offal that led to poisoning
and the death of two people in Berazategui were due to leptospirosis and salmonellosis.
This was confirmed this Tuesday by the Ministry of Health of the Province of Buenos Aires.
The Buenos Aires portfolio updated the results on the cases of four people hospitalized for presenting acute diarrhea symptoms in January, two of whom died.
"As is public knowledge, the cases of the 4 (four) adults hospitalized for acute diarrhea in Berazategui, which occurred in the first three weeks of January 2023, gave rise to a study on suspicion of an
outbreak of food origin
due to the common history
consumption of meat and derivatives
" the statement said.
"The analysis of the corresponding samples allows us to confirm the following results: two of the reported cases presented as a common history the consumption of meat and derivatives from the
same butcher shop
(a 48-year-old man, deceased, and a 40-year-old man). In the remaining 2 cases, a common food source was not identified."
Likewise, it was specified that "in the identified butcher shop
, the seizure of food (minced meat and preparation for milanesas) was carried out
, as well as in the distributor transport (offal). The National Food Institute (INAL) of the National Administration of Medicines, Alimentos y Tecnología Médica (ANMAT) carried out the analysis of the samples, reporting the absence of Salmonella and Escherichia Coli".
It was added that in the last week, "
leptospirosis was confirmed in two of the cases
(a 36-year-old man, deceased, and a 47-year-old man hospitalized)."
Then, the Ministry of Health presented a summary of the identified cases: "48-year-old male, deceased on 1/12, whose diarrhea began on 1/8, with a diagnosis of Salmonella Tiphymurium in fecal matter."
The following, "36-year-old male, with a history of diarrhea, hospitalized on 1/16 with septic shock, died on 1/17, with a diagnosis of Salmonella and Shigella in feces, and confirmation of leptospirosis."
"40-year-old male, who started symptoms on 1/14, was admitted with a diagnosis of erysipelas and diarrhea due to Salmonella, and was discharged on 1/30 with good evolution (Linked to case 1 for having bought at the same butcher shop" , it was revealed and finally it was specified that another "47-year-old male, who began with the symptoms on 1/17, was hospitalized on 1/20 with septic shock, who presented a good evolution, leptospirosis was also confirmed. In this case, no isolated pathogenic bacteria in fecal matter".
In the homes of the cases with a diagnosis of leptospirosis, rodent control was carried out through the placement of rodenticide bait at strategic points of the home and around the home, and serological analyzes were also carried out on the 3 canines belonging to the family of the deceased case, which they turned out negative.
"In the framework of the situation described, it is important to remind the population to adopt practices for the prevention and care of leptospirosis, a disease that is transmitted to people through direct contact with the urine of infected animals and indirectly, through soil, water or materials contaminated with the urine of said animals," said the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health.
Bacteria called leptospires are shed in the
urine of infected animals, contaminating the environment
The reservoirs can be: rodents, dogs, cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, goats and wild animals.
He remarked that "the gateway for these bacteria to enter the body is the mucosa and macerated skin" and "the symptoms of said pathology are: acute fever, with headache, myalgia, sometimes followed by jaundice, meningitis, nephropathy, pneumonia and hemorrhage". .
Finally, the provincial health portfolio provided a series of prevention and care measures, for which it recommended "avoiding the accumulation of water in homes, removing garbage and debris so that they do not become a refuge for rodents, and keeping waste in containers preferably closed away from the ground to prevent them from being a source of food for rodents", among other tips.
With information from Telam.
With information from Telam.
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