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11 January 2002 News Update


The early results of a national study into a recent outbreak of salmonella infection that caused a major increase in New Zealand cases and one death, reinforce the need to follow food safety and hygiene advice.

The risk factors identified by the Ministry of Health study are contact with an individual with diarrhoea, contact with wild birds or their droppings, and sometimes drinking untreated water from roof-collected rainwater supplies.

The study recommends people with diarrhoea are careful about following standard hygiene recommendations, washing hands with soap and water for at least 10 seconds and then drying them for another 10 seconds with a disposable paper towel.

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