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Salmonella outbreak worse than anticipated

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More than 90 guests were infected with salmonella after visiting a popular restaurant in central Stockholm. It is the largest outbreak of the bacteria in Sweden for over three years, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

Six of the guests at Hurry Curry restaurant also contracted blood poisoning after the bacteria entered their circulatory system.

Most of the cases of food poisoning occurred between October 12th and 16th. And many of those infected have not yet recovered.

“It was a slightly more poisonous type of bacteria than we are used to seeing. I don't know how many people in total needed to go to hospital, but a person of normal health will get over a salmonella infection. But many of them are not well yet,” epidemiologist Birgitta de Jong told Svenska Dagbladet.

The infection seems to have spread from a batch of mung beans.

Health authorities have praised the restaurant for its handling of the outbreak. Staff immediately suspected that the mung beans were the cause and removed the offending batch. No further infections were reported.

The owner of the restaurant has also offered to compensate guests for loss of income resulting from the infection.

“With ninety people infected, it is a lot more than we originally thought,” Hurry Cury's owner Lotta Voltaire told Svenska Dagbladet.

The owner has since spoken to many of those affected by the bacteria.

“I have a lot of sympathy for people who are sick and have called me. And 99 per cent of them have shown a lot of sympathy for us, for the fact that this happened to us,” said Voltaire.

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