Salmonella outbreak traced back to single source of eggs

The national salmonella outbreak which has struck down nearly 250 people across Britain could be traced back to a single source of eggs, health investigators have said.

Break-outs have erupted across the country, with 99 cases recorded in Hampshire, 30 in London, 39 in Cheshire and Merseyside, and 54 in the West Midlands.

Earlier this month, three hospital patients affected by the salmonella outbreak in Birmingham died.

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Salmonella outbeak may be traced to single egg source

The national salmonella outbreak which has struck down nearly 250 people across Britain could be traced back to a single source of eggs, health investigators have said.

Dr Paul Cleary, consultant epidemiologist at Public Health England, said:

There is now evidence to indicate that cases in Europe with the same strains of salmonella infection were associated with consumption of eggs from a single source.

This egg supply also reached distributors and food outlets in England, but at this stage we cannot conclusively demonstrate this is the infection source in this country.

– Dr Paul Cleary, PHE

International search for source of Salmonella outbreak

An international search to find the source of a Salmonella outbreak that has so far been linked to three deaths is under way.

Public Health England says all 156 cases it is investigating are linked - and are likely to have come from a single source.

ITV News correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:


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Three Salmonella patients die at Birmingham hospital

It has emerged that three people who caught Salmonella and were at Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital have died.

In total, 43 people in the West Midlands have caught the food poisoning bug, 34 of them connected with the Heartlands Hospital.

A Hospital spokesperson, said:

One of the deaths is subject to a coroner’s inquest and therefore we are unable to comment at this stage.

We can confirm that we have tested both food and water at the Heartlands site and have ruled these out as the root cause of the infection.

We are working with the Public Health England to investigate the other two cases, which includes the possibility of the infection being community acquired.

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


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.

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.

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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