Three children from Swansea are recovering after contracting Salmonella. Health officials say the source of the outbreak has not been identified but all three cases attend Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bryn-Y-Mor in the city.
Salmonella is usually contracted by eating food that has not being cooked properly, or by cooked food being contaminated with raw food. The bacterium is found in meat, raw eggs, milk and dairy products.
– Dr Mac Walapu, Public Health Wales
Infection with Salmonella can cause diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting and fever. Although it is an unpleasant illness, people who become ill usually make a full recovery.
GPs in Swansea area have been advised of the outbreak and asked to be watch out for more cases. Public Health Wales has issued advice to manage the spread of the disease:
- Wash hands well using soap and warm water, and do not share towels
- Wash soiled clothing and bed linen on a hot cycle, and use gloves
- Disinfect bathrooms after use with a bleach-based cleaner
- Do not return to school or work until you have been symptom free for 48 hours even if you feel better