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YEKATERINBURG, May 20 (Itar-Tass) - About 30 kilograms of cream puffs were removed from sale in the Russian Urals city of Chelyabinsk on Monday after a salmonellosis outbreak was reported from here, a spokeswoman for the Chelyabinsk region police department told Itar-Tass.
“The police have found 12 outlets selling these products. About 30 kilograms of cream puffs were removed from sale. A working group has been set up to find other outlets. An investigation is underway,” she said.
Earlier on Monday, it was reported that 36 people, including eight children, were hospitalized with salmonellosis in Chelyabinsk. Two patients are in serious condition. “All these people ate cream puffs sold in a shop at the Kurchatovsky district bazaar. Measures are taken to find out the manufacturer of these cream puffs,” a spokeswoman for the city health department told Itar-Tass.
Meanwhile, according to latest reports, the number of those infected went up to 41. Five more persons, including three children, were hospitalized with salmomellosis in Kopeisk. They are in satisfactory condition.
According to preliminary information, the pastry was made by a Kopeisk-based company. Last year, more than 80 people got poisoned by the products of that company. A criminal case was opened then and by now it has been referred to court.
A source in the Kopeisk administration told Itar-Tass that the company’s managers do not let officials to inspect the pastry shop. “The company rents premises in Kopeisk where it makes pastry. At this moment, the company’s managers bar official from accessing the shop. According to senior aid to the Kopeisk prosecutor, Alexei Pozdnyakov, negotiations are underway with the owner of the premises,” the source said.
Medics however say the number of the infected is to go up, since the latent period ranges from six hours to six days.