According to health authorities, children under the age of 10 are responsible for half of the salmonella infections registered in an Argentine province this year.
The Ministry of Health in Salta, Argentina reported that 653 cases of salmonella in the province have been confirmed in the laboratory. There were a total of 813 suspected cases.
Children under 10 made up 331 cases, while there were 121 infections in the 10-14 year old age group. Only six patients were over 65 years of age.
There was an increase in patient numbers in the first few months of 2021, followed by a few months of isolated infections. 153 laboratory-confirmed cases were reported from August to mid-October.
Two-thirds of the confirmed cases live in the Capital division, while nearly a quarter are from Rosario de Lerma, Cerrillos, La Caldera, Chicoana, and Cafayate.
A team was created this year to help monitor foodborne diseases. It includes local officials and the National Service of Agrifood Health and Quality (SENASA) with the aim of developing preventive measures and investigating cases.
Public health officials in Salta recorded nearly 700 confirmed salmonella infections in 2020. The Ministry of Health said there were 881 suspected cases throughout the year. The age range most affected was between 5 and 9 years, followed by children from 0 to 4 years and from 10 to 14 years in third place.
Virtual beef audit
Meanwhile, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors have been reviewing the quality and safety of the Argentine control system for beef exported to the United States.
Carlos Paz, SENASA President, and his team held virtual meetings with representatives from the United States for five weeks.
A final report has yet to be released by the FSIS, but Argentine officials said the auditors had no comments to make and highlighted the improvements made in 2019.
Argentina has 22 beef factories that export their products to the United States. In 2020, three new locations were allowed to export beef and two were newly listed, while this year two new plants were approved and another was newly listed.
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