Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tainted bacon kills one, hospitalizes 18 in Norilsk

A woman in Norilsk died on Tuesday and 18 others were infected with trichinosis from tainted bacon from a local market.

Three of the 19 people infected were minors. All of the people hospitalized ate bacon and meat purchased at a local Norilsk market. The patients were placed in the infectious diseases ward of the local hospital after exhibiting symptoms, Nakanune.ru reports.

Local officials are now beginning a criminal investigation into the market under Article 238 of the Criminal Code, which addresses the production, transport, storage or sale of products that fail to meet security requirements.

According to the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information, trichinosis involves an infection with the Trichinella spiralis roundworm. The disease results from eating undercooked meat that contains cysts of the roundworm and can be found in pork, horse, lion, rat, fox, bear and walrus meat.

Symptoms of trichinosis includes abdominal discomfort, facial swelling around the eyes, diarrhea, cramping, muscle pain, fever and muscle weakness. While most people with the disease have no symptoms, more severe infections in the lungs, heart or brain can lead to complications such as encephalitis, heat failure, heart arrhythmias or pneumonia.