Investigation into salmonella outbreak - 156 people ill

An investigation into a national salmonella outbreak has been launched, health officials have said.

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Counties hit by Salmonella outbreak revealed

Health officials have warned they are investigating a national outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis.

The cases of Salmonella were reported:

  • Hampshire: 55 cases - 32 were connected with a single restaurant
  • London: 25 cases - 11 people were hospitalised
  • Cheshire and Merseyside: 33 cases - 31 related to a single restaurant
  • West Midlands: 43 cases - 31 connected with Birmingham Heartlands Hospital outbreak

Cases have also been seen in France and Austria, Public Health England said.

There have been no cases of Salmonella reported in Wales or Scotland so far.

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What is Salmonella Enteritidis?

Public Health England has announced it is investigating a national outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis - but what is it?

  • It is a strain of bacteria that causes gastrointestinal illness
  • The bacteria can be found in uncooked meat, seafood, poultry and eggs
  • It is one of the most common strains of Salmonella reported worldwide
  • Anyone can get a Salmonella infection
  • However, the elderly, infants and people with impaired immune systems have an increased risk of becoming seriously ill

Symptoms include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever.

Source: Public Health England and US Center for Disease Control

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PHE 'making good progress' in Salmonella investigation

Public Health England has been "making good progress" in its investigation into a national outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis, the doctor leading the probe has said.

Consultant epidemiologist Dr Paul Cleary said they "hope to have more conclusive evidence shortly."

Public Health England is said to have been making 'good progress' in its Salmonella outbreak investigation. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

“We will continue to monitor the situation and if there is any further public health action necessary then we will ensure that this takes place,” he added.

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Public Health England investigates Salmonella outbreak

A national outbreak of Salmonella that has affected 156 people is being investigated, Public Health England said.

A type of Salmonella Enteritidis has affected 156 people so far. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The cases in England "occurred in isolated clusters over several months" and have been managed locally, according to the health watchdog.

However, the cases of Salmonella "are now being reassessed as potentially linked under a national investigation," it added.

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Investigation into salmonella outbreak - 156 people ill

An investigation into a national salmonella outbreak has been launched, health officials have said. Credit: PA

An investigation into a national salmonella outbreak has been launched, health officials have said.

Public Health England (PHE) said it was looking into an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis which has affected 156 people.

Salmonella is one of a number of bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

Officials are looking into cases across Hampshire, London, the West Midlands and Cheshire and Merseyside, a PHE spokeswoman said.

The cases occurred in "isolated clusters" over several months but officials now say they could be potentially linked.

Genetic tests suggest that the cause of illness in the 156 people could have come from a single source, PHE said. PHE investigators are working alongside the Food Standards Agency to look into the cause of the outbreak - which may have also affected people in France and Austria.

Dr Paul Cleary, a consultant epidemiologist leading the PHE investigation, said: "We are working with our colleagues across PHE, at the Food Standards Agency, in local authorities and with other public health organisations in Europe to investigate the cause of this outbreak.

"We are making good progress and hope to have more conclusive evidence shortly.

"We will continue to monitor the situation and if there is any further public health action necessary then we will ensure that this takes place."

Across England experts are examining 55 cases in Hampshire, 32 of which have been connected with an oriental restaurant, and 33 cases in Cheshire and Merseyside, 31 of which have been linked to one oriental takeaway.

PHE are also looking at 43 cases in the West Midlands, 34 of which were connected with the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital outbreak.

They are also looking at 25 cases in London. Salmonella Enteritidis is a strain of bacteria that causes gastrointestinal illness and is often linked to poultry or eggs.

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