A number of salmonella outbreaks across England over the past few months could potentially be linked.
That’s according to Public Health England (PHE) after it announced an investigation into the cases had been launched.
Genetic tests suggest that the cause of illness in the 156 affected people could have come from a single source.
Probe into cause
PHE investigators are working alongside the Food Standards Agency and local authorities to look into the cause of the outbreak.
A number of other public health organisations in Europe are also involved in the investigation as it is believed the salmonella outbreaks may have affected people in France and Austria as well, not just England.
Experts are examining 55 cases in Hampshire, 32 of which have been connected with an oriental restaurant, and 33 cases in Cheshire and Merseyside, 31 of which have been linked to one oriental takeaway.
They are also looking at 43 cases in the West Midlands, 34 of which were connected with the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital outbreak, plus a further 25 in London.
Dr Paul Cleary, a consultant epidemiologist leading investigation, says good progress is being made.
He claims further public health action will be taken if it is deemed necessary.
Claiming for salmonella poisoning
Salmonella Enteritidis is a strain of bacteria that causes gastrointestinal illness and is often linked to poultry or eggs.
If you’re unlucky enough to suffer from it as a result of, say, eating a takeaway, you could be entitled to food poisoning compensation. It can lead to diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea/vomiting, headaches and fever.
Accident Advice Helpline can tell you whether you’re in a position to make a no win, no fee* claim. Try the personal injury claim calculator to see how much you could receive or alternatively to discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: August 19, 2014
Author: David Brown