Hundreds Poisoned by Salad: Outbreak Across Russia

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jun.18 - 2024 7:33 PM CET

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Initial investigations pointed towards delivered foods

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In Russia, widespread food poisoning incidents linked to delivered salads have emerged across Moscow, Tatarstan, and Nizhny Novgorod.

According to Lenta Moscow alone has recorded 121 cases, with 55 individuals in severe condition and 30 in intensive care. The total affected exceeds 150, with daily increases of 30-40 new cases in Moscow.

Investigation into Contamination Source

Initial investigations pointed towards delivered foods like salads containing tuna, beans, and apple.

Suspicions initially focused on fish and salad dressings.

Experts, including Vladimir Nikiforov, highlighted potential contamination in canned components, such as tomato paste or sauces made from tomatoes possibly tainted with soil.

Further scrutiny implicated canned beans, prompting a suspension of affected salad sales.

Severe Symptoms and Treatment Challenges

Botulism symptoms initially mimic gastrointestinal infections with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, progressing to include dilated pupils, muscle weakness, headaches, and neurological complications.

Severe cases may experience vision disturbances, dry mouth, and respiratory issues. Medical experts stress the importance of timely intervention due to botulinum toxin's rapid progression, which can lead to paralysis and potentially fatal breathing difficulties.

Biologist Ancha Baranova reassured that with adequate treatment, 90% of patients recover, emphasizing the critical role of medical care in mitigating outcomes.