Sweden reports 34 shigella cases linked to travel to Cape Verde, Outbreak now considered over
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in Shigellosis follow-up The outbreak in Sweden has been linked to travel to Cape Verde, and Swedish health authorities have reported that the number of cases of Shigella infection has decreased and the outbreak is now considered to be over.
A total of 34 cases of Shigella infection linked to travel to Cape Verde have been reported in Sweden since November. Among the cases, the majority were women (n = 24) with ages ranging from 1 to 80 years (mean age 47 years), living in 11 different localities. No new cases have been reported since January 25, 2023.
The source of infection has not yet been determined, but food contamination is the most likely cause. However, the spread of infection from person to person cannot be ruled out.
European health officials have recently reported increased numbers of shigellosis cases, mainly caused by Shigella soni, among travelers returning from Cabo Verde, and it has been reported in the EU/EEA, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US). United States) since September 2022. This outbreak developed rapidly during the period from November to December 2022.
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As of February 16, 2023, 10 EU/EEA countries, the United Kingdom, and the United States have reported 221 confirmed Shigella soni infections and 37 probable cases, all linked to Cabo Verde.
Based on the available information, several cases have been reported to remain in all-inclusive hotels located in the Santa Maria area of Sal Island.