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Trichinellosis in Russia, Argentina due to pork

In the Krasnoyarsk Territory of Russia, a criminal investigation is underway after finding cases of trichinellosis following the consumption of pork.

According to the Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia an investigation has been initiated after the confirmation of 19 cases of trichinellosis of which one woman died.

Investigators said that between 1 - 16 Oct 2012, a Norilsk hospital admitted 19 people with a diagnosis of trichinellosis. Five cases were minors, and a 39-year-old woman died.

According reports, all cases had eaten meat bought at a stall at the local market.

Representatives of Rospotrebnadzor (Federal Service for Consumer Protection and Human Welfare) withdrew the pork meat from the market and sent it for analysis. The results revealed violations of sanitary and epidemiological rules and regulations.

In Argentina, 59 people contracted trichinosis from eating infected pork meat, a product that was acquired in all cases from the same street vendor, according to the director of Food Science Omar Olivera.

A Tandil partido, Buenos Aires province municipal official said the district legal counsel is considering whether to take legal action against the person who sold the contaminated pork sausages.

The official also said that of the 59 persons affected, 46 consulted the Ramon Santamarina Municipal Hospital with symptoms of trichinellosis, while the other 13 sought treatment once they had gone through the 1st stage of the disease.

Initially 10 cases had been reported. All those affected had eaten sausages sold door to door by a neighbour. Municipal authorities seized about 250 kilos of sausages.

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