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Campylobacter affects seniors in Sweden

Several people living in apartments designed for older people have been sickened by Campylobacter in a Swedish municipality. People who received food from the kitchen at Allégården in the Sunne municipality fell ill with gastrointestinal problems between Aug. 18 and 27. Allégården has more than 60 apartments for people older than 65. Samples were taken…

Several people living in apartments designed for older people have been sickened by Campylobacter in a Swedish municipality.

People who received food from the kitchen at Allégården in the Sunne municipality fell ill with gastrointestinal problems between Aug. 18 and 27. Allégården has more than 60 apartments for people older than 65.

Samples were taken from seven people with suspected Campylobacter infections and a few of them were found to be positive, according to officials.

Campylobacter is a reportable disease and officials were contacted on Aug. 26 to investigate the incident with the help of infection control experts from Värmland and Livsmedelsverket (Swedish Food Agency).

Authorities carried out food controls in the kitchen at Allégården on two occasions including sampling on the first visit. Test results showed no presence of Campylobacter. As there was no food left from the time of illnesses, it was not possible to take more samples.

Officials were not able to determine whether the spread of infection was caused by food that had been contaminated before arrival at the kitchen, by deficiencies in handling, or because of a lack of hygiene.

Operators at Allégården will review and improve their routines to ensure such an outbreak does not happen again, according to officials.

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