Outbreaks of shigellosis in Denmark and Australia associated with imported baby corn, August 2007--final summary

Euro Surveill. 2007 Oct 4;12(10):E071004.2. doi: 10.2807/esw.12.40.03279-en.


The recently reported concurrent outbreaks of Shigella sonnei infections in Denmark and Australia have been found to be linked to a common baby corn packing house in Thailand via trace-back of the distribution chain. Distribution records indicated that three additional countries received affected product from the implicated Thai packing house during the period of potential contamination. These countries were notified through the World Health Organization's International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN). Associated cases of S. sonnei have not been reported in these three countries.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Dysentery, Bacillary / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Zea mays / adverse effects
  • Zea mays / microbiology*