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Salmonella enterica serotype Enteritidis is the predominant salmonella serovar identified by the Enter-net national reference laboratories in western Europe. As it is the most commonly recognised serotype, it is important that phage typing is carried out so that outbreaks can be recognised and confirmed, and trends in infections identifed. Data from the Enter-net salmonella database show that there has been a dramatic shift between phage types identified in Europe from 1998-2003. In 1998, the proportion of phage type (PT) 4 was 61.8%, making it the most frequently identified phage type in humans (21 630 cases), whereas by 2003 the proportion of PT4 had fallen to 32.1% (8794 cases) with other strains increasing, both in proportion and numbers. This paper identifies the emerging strains that are becoming more relevant in public health terms.


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