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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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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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