A national salmonella outbreak which has left almost 250 people across the UK ill could be due to food poisoning from eggs. The origin of the outbreak is being investigated by Public Health England after people across the country were struck down by a range of symptoms, including cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever. 99 cases were recorded in Hampshire, with 54 cases in the West Midlands, 39 in Cheshire and Merseyside and 30 in London. Three patients affected by the salmonella outbreak in Birmingham died, although it’s not clear whether the infection was the cause of death.
Paul Cleary, a consultant epidemiologist for Public Health England, explained that the outbreak of food poisoning from eggs had been traced to a single source, but further investigation was needed to confirm whether that was the root of the outbreak in the UK. Public Health England are continuing to work with the Food Standards Agency and other public health organisations across Europe – with the number of cases reported this week declining, the risk to public health is thought to be low.
Food poisoning symptoms usually last for a few days but can sometimes be more serious, with children, the elderly and infirm most at risk.
Has food poisoning affected you?
If you’re one of the unlucky people who have suffered ongoing symptoms of food poisoning, you’ll know how debilitating it can be. Bacteria from food poisoning can often live in your body, causing symptoms which don’t clear up, and you may need medical treatment. You could continue to experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhoea for months or even years. In some cases, food poisoning can be so serious you may need to be hospitalised, and it can be particularly dangerous for children or elderly people.
Claiming compensation for food poisoning
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