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

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