Infectious Diseases

Trichinella Outbreak in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The National Health Services and Food Quality authority (SENASA) of Argentina has imposed a ban and controlled the slaughter of pigs in the aftermath of an outbreak of Trichinellosis in Pehaujo, Buenos Aires.

According to the report, 170 people had been affected by the outbreak and 504 pigs had been identified for controlled slaughter in order to stop the transmission, which is believed to have started from consumption of sausages made from the flesh of the infected animals. There seems to have been some issues with the permits of the outlets which were implicated in this outbreak:

The origin of the outbreak was the consumption of unlabeled sausages from a butcher’s shop in Pehaujo, which was not authorized by local authorities; the farms from which the butcher obtained the pork sold at the shop didn’t have the appropriate permits either.

Trichinosis is caused by Trichinella spiralis, a nematode parasite, which infects warm blooded animals.

Trichinella spiralis larvae in pressed bear meat, partially digested with pepsin.
Image Credits: DPDx Image Library, CDC

Skeptic Oslerphile. PhD Student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Past: 1) Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 2) Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; 3) Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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