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article imageBritish Salmonella outbreak from a single egg source

By Tim Sandle     Aug 23, 2014 in Health
The outbreak of salmonella in England is likely to have come from a single source of eggs, according to Public Health England.
An serious outbreak of Salmonella in England affected 247 people in Hampshire, London, West Midlands, Cheshire and Merseyside. The incident was reported by Digital Journal earlier this month.
The specific strain of Salmonella that caused the infection is Salmonella enteritidis. This is a strain of bacteria that causes gastrointestinal illness and is often linked to poultry or eggs. Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever.
Analysis has revealed that outbreak is likely to have come from a single source of eggs. Dr Paul Cleary, consultant epidemiologist at Public Health England (PHE), has told the BBC that: "Investigations into the recent Salmonella enteritidis outbreak are progressing, at both a national and European level.
"There is now evidence to indicate that cases in Europe with the same strains of salmonella infection were associated with consumption of eggs from a single source. This egg supply also reached distributors and food outlets in England, but at this stage we cannot conclusively demonstrate this is the infection source in this country.
"We are continuing to work with the Food Standards Agency and public health organisations in Europe but, importantly, the decline in salmonella case reporting this week, alongside other elements of our investigations, reassures us that the current risk to public health is low."
The rate of new cases has slowed considerably.
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