Department of Medicine ,Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology; Milford Regional Medical Center
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Infectious Disease | Public Health
Salmonella outbreaks have been linked to a wide variety of foods, including recent nationwide outbreaks. Guinea pig (Cavia porcellus), also known as cuy or cobayo, has long been a popular delicacy and ceremonial food in the Andean region in South America. This case report describes three family outbreaks of nontyphoidal salmonellosis, each occurring after a meal of guinea pigs. We believe this case report is the first to describe a probable association between the consumption of guinea pig meat and human salmonellosis. Physicians should be aware of the association of Salmonella and the consumption of guinea pigs, given the increasing immigration of people from the Andean region of South America and the increasing travel to this region.
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Case Rep Infect Dis. 2015;2015:864640. doi: 10.1155/2015/864640. Epub 2015 Mar 2. Link to article on publisher's site
Case reports in infectious diseases
Fournier, John B.; Knox, Kimberly; Harris, Maureen; and Newstein, Michael, "Family Outbreaks of Nontyphoidal Salmonellosis following a Meal of Guinea Pigs" (2015). Open Access Articles. 2523.
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