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Salmonella hits Canberra aged care centre

A Belconnen aged care centre is the latest to suffer an outbreak of salmonella following the deaths of two elderly people in NSW.

The "unusual strain" of salmonella has now infected 26 people across both NSW and the ACT according to NSW Health with 9 people in hospital. The outbreak has prompted the main provider the Illawarra Retirement Trust (IRT) to call in industrial cleaning experts.

Nieves Murray, CEO of the IRT Group, said that they were working closely with ACT Health to find the cause of the infection. "The NSW Food Authority and ACT Health have conducted rigorous scientific testing at their affected centres over the past two weeks with neither finding any evidence of salmonella in their kitchens."

Ms Murray said that, "As an extra precaution we have engaged external specialists to undertake industrial cleaning in our food service areas at the affected sites. We have also reinforced food hygiene and infection control procedures."

Director of NSW Health Communicable Diseases branch Dr Sheppard did not believe that there was any risk to the wider community and that they were investigating food supply chains.

 

Source  :  Canberra Times, 17 February 2015