Britain Vaccinates Chickens For Salmonella

The NYT reports that Britain had a problem with salmonella in eggs.

In 1997, there were 14,771 reported cases in England and Wales of the most common type of the bacteria, a strain known as Salmonella Enteritidis PT4. Vaccine trials began that year, and the next year, egg producers began vaccinating in large numbers.

The number of human illnesses has dropped almost every year since then. Last year, according to data from the Health Protection Agency of England and Wales, there were just 581 cases, a drop of 96 percent from 1997.

In the US “the F.D.A. estimates that each year, 142,000 illnesses in the United States are caused by consuming eggs contaminated with the most common type of salmonella.” For less than a penny per dozen eggs, we could have saved the destruction of 500 million eggs by vaccinating chickens.  It appears that the FDA didn’t think the evidence supported vaccination.  Looks like the public may demand the rules be changed.

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