Food safety alert over Salmonella

A string of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to fresh peaches, which has spread across 12 US states as well as two Canadian provinces, has now impacted sales of some lines of the fruit sold in New Zealand and Singapore – recalls have been issued in all affected areas. Read more

Advice for travellers

Salmonella is a bacterium typically found in food, such as poultry, that causes diarrhoea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment, although diarrhoea may be so severe as to require hospital treatment. Young children and the elderly are at highest risk of severe illness. There is no vaccine to prevent salmonellosis so careful hand hygiene and food preparation techniques are recommended. Read more

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.