Salmonella cases on the rise in Slovakia

More than 7,000 salmonella infections were recorded in 2018.

The number of recorded salmonella cases has risen by nearly 40 percent in recent years.The number of recorded salmonella cases has risen by nearly 40 percent in recent years. (Source: Fotolia)

Hotter summers in Slovakia and a change in people's food habits have contributed to the rise of salmonella cases in Slovakia, hygienists claimed.

The number of salmonella infections has risen by 40 percent in the last five years, the Public Health Authority (ÚVZ) said, as reported by the Sme daily.

In 2014, a total of 4,379 salmonella cases were reported. But four years later, the figure to 7,222 cases of the infection.

Salmonella, a food-borne disease caused by salmonella bacteria, can be deadly. Practicing good hygiene, purchasing fresh products, and consuming well-cooked meals remain the best ways to avoid the illness, Sme wrote.

Raw food as source of infection

Although the number of cases reported in Slovakia is high, the figure is very similar to the one from 2007, Mária Avdičová of the ÚVZ in Banská Bystrica told Sme.

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“People often think they can consume a raw egg,” she added, as quoted by Sme. In fact, the egg is the most common cause of the salmonella infection in Slovakia.

People's food habits have also changed, and they are now eating more raw food, including fish and oysters, Avdičová added.

Campylobacteriosis also a threat

The hot weather may also be the reason why salmonella has been on the rise.

“Temperatures are higher than they were in the past, and the storage of food is not optimal,” Adriana Liptáková of the Institute of Microbiology of the Faculty of Medicine at Comenius University in Bratislava said, as quoted by Sme.

In addition, hygienists also recorded a rise in campylobacteriosis cases. This infection is similar to salmonella but does not cause epidemics.

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