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    ABSTRACT: Objectives:To determine the distribution of Salmonella spp. serovars from food samples sources, including foodstuffs associated with Salmonella outbreaks, from January 2005 through December 2009. Methods: In this study, a total of 1,942 Salmonella isolates were received from Makmal Kualiti dan Keselamatan Makanan (MKKM) throughout Malaysia from year 2005 to 2009. Salmonella spp. serovars were serotype according to Kauffman-White serotyping scheme (Antigenic Formulas of the Salmonella Serovars 9th Ed. 2007, WHO). Serotyping were carried out at Ipoh Public Health Laboratory (IPHL), as part of National Lab-Based Surveillance System for Infectious Diseases, Ministry of Health Malaysia. Results: A total of 308 Salmonella enterica serovars were successfully identified between 2005 to 2009 compared to 2,597 Salmonella spp. serovars published in WHO Antigenic Formulae of the Salmonella Serovars 9th Ed. 2007. Out of 1,942 Salmonella spp. serotyped at IPHL, a total of 378 Salmonella enterica serovar Weltevreden were identified as the most prevalent (19.46%) serotype. Followed by Salmonella enterica serovar Corvallis 194 (9.98%) and Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis 96 (4.94%). Conclusion: Our report indicates that Salmonella enterica serovar Weltevreden was the most common serovar isolated from food samples in Malaysia. A similar finding has been reported elsewhere, from Thailand and Malaysia. Distribution of Salmonella enterica serovars observed in our study differs markedly from those reported in other countries and seems to be related to different type of food products and reservoirs.
    Kolokium Kesihatan Awam Ke-5 Peringkat Negeri Sabah: “Innovate to Accelerate Health Transformation”., Grand Ballroom, 1-Borneo Kota Kinabalu Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. (Poster Presentation); 10/2010