Long-nosed bandicoot to blame for sandpit salmonella outbreak

NSW Health officials collected faecal and cloacal samples from more than 250 free-ranging animals near the sandpits, which forced playground closures and caused an outbreak of gastroenteritis in 2007–09.

The outbreak was sourced to the relatively rare Salmonella enterica Paratyphi B. variant Java strain which hitherto had only been associated with imported ornamental fish, researchers reported in a paper published by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Seventy-five cases of gastroenteritis were identified in the localised outbreak on Sydney&rsquo