Outbreaks of norovirus in Sweden linked to shrimp from Estonia could have affected about 100 individuals.
Stories from native authorities haven’t been absolutely compiled but however based mostly on preliminary data officers consider greater than 100 individuals have fallen sick.
It’s largely native outbreaks at workplaces the place individuals have eaten shrimp sandwiches or a well-liked product in Scandinavia referred to as “smörgåstårta.” This meals, additionally referred to as a sandwich cake, appears like a cake however as an alternative of sponge makes use of bread and infrequently consists of cheese, greens, chilly meats and fish.
Peeled shrimps in brine from the implicated batch have been largely distributed inside one area which was named by native media as Varnamo in Jönköping County in southern Sweden.
The outbreak started on the final weekend of February. The implicated batch was withdrawn from the market on March 1 when the distributing firm obtained details about the primary diseases.
Mats Lindblad, from Livsmedelsverket (the Swedish Meals Company), mentioned the hyperlink was made by affected person interviews with product testing outcomes pending.
“Thus far it’s based mostly on interviews with circumstances and backwards and ahead tracing of meals. Outcomes from product testing are nonetheless pending, however samples of shrimps from the implicated batch have been despatched to the Swedish Meals Company for microbiological evaluation of norovirus,” he mentioned.
“The product has solely been bought to meals enterprise operators producing shrimp sandwiches or smörgåstårta. Due to this fact, no public recall has been deemed crucial.”
Lindblad mentioned due to the restricted distribution and withdrawal measures extra diseases will not be anticipated.
The commonest signs of norovirus are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and abdomen ache. Different signs could embrace low-grade fever, headache, chills, muscle aches and a way of tiredness.
An individual often develops signs 12 to 48 hours after being uncovered to norovirus. Most individuals with sickness get higher inside one to 3 days. People who find themselves sick ought to drink loads of liquids to exchange misplaced physique fluids and forestall dehydration.
Norovirus is transmitted by having contaminated meals or water or from individual to individual by way of contact with the pores and skin, objects or inhaling airborne particles.
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