A salmonella outbreak which struck down 156 people in England recently is now being investigated by Public Health England. The salmonella outbreak, which has affected people in the West Midlands, Cheshire, London and Hampshire, may be linked to a single source, tests suggest. Salmonella enteritidis, the strain causing the outbreak, may have also struck down people in Austria and France, although the source is not yet known.
Head of biological and biomedical sciences at Aston University, Professor Anthony Hilton, said that if these cases were linked, common risk factors would then need to be identified. He commented, “This might be consumption of a contaminated food or ingredient or even a common exposure at an event or activity.”
Public Health England is working with the Food Standards Agency, local authorities and European public health organisations to investigate the cause of the outbreak. It may be some time yet before the cause, and the link between cases, if any, are discovered.
Public Health England advises everyone to ensure their food is cooked properly and to wash their hands thoroughly when handling, preparing and cooking food. Symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach pains, and whilst treatment is not usually needed, medical advice should be sought if symptoms persist for more than a few days.
Have you been struck down by food poisoning?
If you’ve been affected by salmonella poisoning, it can sometimes be hard to identify the source of the food poisoning. You could be affected by unhygienic practices when preparing or cooking food at home, contaminated meat bought from a supermarket or butchers, dining out at a local restaurant, enjoying takeaway food – the list goes on. Any business selling or serving food must meet rigorous food safety and hygiene standards, so if you’ve been affected by food poisoning, it’s a good idea to report this to the establishment in question, as well as your local council’s environmental health department, who may take action if there are a number of similar cases.
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Source: Food Safety News