Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Aberdeen typhoid outbreak of 1964

I worked in Aberdeen before moving to Leicester, and knew about this, so my eye was caught by a piece in Lancet Infectious Diseases about E.S. Anderson, who worked at Colindale and was involved in investigating this typhoid outbreak. His work investigated the strain of Salmonella typhi that was responsible for the outbreak, in which over 500 people were affected and in which a can of corned beef (a large one) was implicated.

PubMed search on the subject pulls up some interesting looking further reading. There is also a research project at Aberdeen investigating the event.

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