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Five new cases in salmonella outbreak

Five new cases of salmonella have been reported to Public Health Wales, following an outbreak last month.

Public Health Wales says there are now 17 cases, with nine confirmed as being linked to the outbreak, in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Penclawdd Shellfish Processing Ltd voluntarily withdrew their laverbread from sale, after 10 of those effected by the infection reported having eaten laverbread before they became unwell.

A study has confirmed a strong association with laverbread probably produced between 5th and 8th March.

Public Health Wales says samples taken from Penclawdd's factory in Swansea have not shown any evidence of salmonella.

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Source of salmonella outbreak 'unclear'

Public Health Wales says it is working with the Food Standards Agency and environmental health officers from Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire to investigate the outbreak.

We know that the majority of cases have eaten laverbread produced by Penclawdd. The company has cooperated fully with our investigations and has chosen to voluntarily withdraw the product from sale as a precaution.

Laverbread is generally a safe product to eat, and it remains unclear whether it is indeed the source of this outbreak.

However, given that we cannot rule out laverbread at present, it is very important that, to avoid the risk of illness, anyone with this product at home does not eat it.

– Dr Jorg Hoffmann, Public Health Wales

Anyone who is concerned about their health should contact their GP or call NHS Direct 0845 4647.

Warning over escaped golden eagle in West Wales

Police in Mid and West Wales have warned the public not to approach a massive golden eagle that has been spotted in the hills of Carmarthenshire.

More: How rare is the golden eagle in the UK?

It's thought the bird - which can have a wingspan of six feet - has escaped from captivity.

Alexandra Lodge reports from Llanllwni mountain

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How rare is the golden eagle in the UK?

The golden eagle has no natural predators, with its main threat coming from humans who poison or shoot it.

  • The golden eagle last bred in Wales during the 18th century, after which hunting made it extinct.
  • Most of the UK's breeding pairs are in Scotland (more than 400 in 2003), although some have been reintroduced to Ireland in recent years.

More: Police warn public not to approach 'lost' golden eagle

The golden eagle became extinct over much of central Europe during the 19th century Credit: Press Association
  • The birds can have a wingspan of more than 2 metres.
  • The golden eagle has a varied diet and will prey on a variety of creatures depending on their habitat. In Scotland, they target hares and grouse, and seabirds in coastal areas.

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Funeral for baby who died in suspected dog attack

Eliza-Mae Mullane was six days old when she died. Credit: Wales News Service

The funeral of a newborn baby whose death resulted in the destruction of two dogs has taken place.

Eliza-Mae Mullane was six days old when she died on February 18 at her home in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire.

More: Family tribute to six-day-old baby Eliza-Mae Mullane

The girl's parents, Sharon John and Patrick Mullane, paid their last respects to their "dearly beloved daughter" at Pontyberem Catholic Church ahead of a private cremation.

The funeral took place at Pontyberem Catholic Church. Credit: Wales News Service

In a statement the devastated couple said: "She brought joy into our family, and losing her like this has cast the most horrible shadow over all of us."

The cause of Eliza-Mae's death is not yet known and police have not given any details of her injuries.

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