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Volume 18, Number 7—July 2012

Dispatch

Salmonellosis Outbreak Traced to Playground Sand, Australia, 2007–2009

Michael StaffComments to Author , Jennie Musto, Geoff Hogg, Monika Janssen, and Karrie Rose
Author affiliations: New South Wales Health, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (M. Staff, J. Musto); Public Health Laboratory, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (G. Hogg); and Taronga Conservation Society Australia, Sydney (M. Janssen, K. Rose)

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Salmonella enterica var. Java isolates from animals in or near local government area, Australia, 1998–2009*

Species Year Reason for collection Specimen type No. animals tested No. positive MLVA (no.)
Bandicoot† 1998 Opportunistic screening Feces 1 1 ND
Dog‡ 2001 Unclear Rectal swab 1 1 ND
Black duck 2008 Near contaminated playground Feces from ground 5 2 1-16-0-0-493
Black rat 2008 Trapped in contaminated playground Rectal swab 1 1 1-16-0-0-493
Bandicoot 2008 Trapped in contaminated playground Cloacal swab 1 1 1-16-0-0-493
Brushtail possum 2009 Trapped in state park Cloacal swab 11 1 1-14-0-0-493
Bandicoot 2009 Trapped in state parks Cloacal swab and feces 67 18 1-13-0-0-493 (6), 1-14-0-0-493 (3), 1-15-0-0-493 (3), 1-16-0-0-493 (3), 1-17-0-0-493 (3)
Bandicoot 2008–2009 Wildlife rescue Cloacal swab 12 2 1-13-0-0-493 (1), 1-15-0-0-490 (1)
Bandicoot 2009 Trapped in yard of a case-patient Cloacal swab 3 2 1-16-0-0-493 (2)
Bandicoot§ 2009 Wildlife rescue Cloacal swab 3 3 01-13-0-0-493 (3)

*With the exceptions of samples from 1 bandicoot that reacted but did not conform (PT RDNC/A001), and 1 dog that was not tested, all phage types were Dundee. MLVA, multilocus variable number tandem repeat analysis; ND, not done.
†Adult, sampled 10 km south of local government area.
‡Sampled10 km south of local government area.
§Juvenile siblings.

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