Ten people were sickened by Salmonella from chicken legs in a Chinese city after eating food ordered online in mid-2018, according to a new report.
Researchers said the investigation highlights the role of online food delivery platforms as a new mode of foodborne disease transmission. Collaboration between public health agencies and online food delivery platforms is essential for timely intervention and to limit the scale of outbreaks.
From late June to early July 2018, 10 cases of diarrheal disease were reported at two hospitals in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China. This outbreak was suspected to be foodborne and was notified to the Shenzhen Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Shenzhen CDC), according to the study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases.
All 10 patients were university students who had diarrhea and fever. Seven of them also reported nausea and vomiting. Cases were from six different colleges of the same university but lived in different dormitories and did not know each other.