Eggs and Salmonella enteritidis Transmission

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To the Editors: I was struck by a statement made in the article by Mishu and coworkers (1) on the transmission of Salmonella enteritidis gastroenteritis via intact chicken eggs. The authors note that "traditional methods of cooking eggs … do not completely eliminate the risk for infection" and then mention that "Salmonella enteritidis survives in the liquid yolks of eggs that are boiled for 8 minutes." I have heard of 3-minute eggs and 4-minute eggs, but as far as I know, no one can boil an ordinary, domestically available chicken egg for 8 minutes and produce anything resembling

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