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An outbreak involving 11 persons infected with Yersinia enterocolitica O:9 was investigated in Norway in February 2006. A case-control study and microbiologic investigation indicated a ready-to-eat pork product as the probable source. Appropriate control measures are needed to address consumer risk associated with this product.
Only a few countries worldwide hunt seals and whales commercially. In Norway, hooded and harp seals and minke whales are commercially harvested, and coastal seals (harbour and grey seals) are hunted as game. Marine mammal meat is sold to the public and thus included in general microbiological meat control regulations. Slaughtering and dressing of marine… (More)
BACKGROUND Yersiniosis is a zoonosis that is transmitted from pigs to humans. In January 2006 more cases of Yersinia enterocolitica enterocolitis than expected were reported in Norway. The fact that the isolates belonged to the O:9 serogroup, which is rare in Norway, and the geographical and temporal clustering of the cases, pointed to an outbreak. We have… (More)
In early September 2006, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health was alerted to an outbreak of Shigella sonnei infections (shigellosis) among 23 Norwegian passengers who had taken a bus tour from Kirkenes, Norway to Murmansk, Russia. The trip lasted from 27 to 31 August, and the group stayed in various hotels and visited several restaurants in both… (More)