HPA to Investigate Salmonella Outbreak

UK - The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has set up an investigation following nine outbreaks and two death from Salmonella. Poultry and eggs are considered the most likely sources.
calendar icon 2 November 2009
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Around 130 people have fallen ill with the same strain of Salmonella linked to poultry and eggs since August across England and Wales, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Five outbreaks have been linked to oriental restaurants, three to other restaurants and one was in a care home.

Two people with the infection died in the care home, which has not been named by officials, but post mortem results have proved inconclusive about the cause of death.

Three other people have been treated in hospital, a report from the Health Protection Agency said.

The Health Protection Agency is investigating the outbreaks as it is thought a common food source could be responsible, particularly because the cases involve the same strain of the infection out of a possible 2,500 types.

Poultry and eggs are considered the most likely source and officials are interviewing patients to establish any patterns in what they have eaten.

The strain involved in the outbreaks, known as Salmonella Enteritidis PT14b NxCpl, is showing some resistance to an antibiotic, reports Daily Telegraph.

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