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STATEMENT ON CASES OF SALMONELLA AT THE SOUTHERN GENERAL HOSPITAL

December 04, 2003 4:24 PM

STATEMENT FROM THE OUTBREAK CONTROL TEAM ON CASES OF SALMONELLA AT THE PHILLIPSHILL WARD, SPINAL INJURIES UNIT, SOUTHERN GENERAL HOSPITAL

An Outbreak Control Team, in conjunction with the Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow is currently investigating five cases of Salmonella in patients linked to the Phillipshill Ward in the Spinal Injuries Unit of the Southern General Hospital.

None of the individuals are giving cause for concern. All are expected to make a full recovery.

Investigations are continuing into the source of the outbreak.

ENDS

 

Information: Gavin Barclay on 0141 201 1257.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

What is Salmonella?
The Salmonella germ is a group of bacteria that can cause diarrhoeal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the faeces of people or animals, to other people or other animals.  It can be passed by person-to-person contact.

How can Salmonella infections be diagnosed?
Many different kinds of illnesses can cause diarrhoea, fever, or abdominal cramps. Determining that Salmonella is the cause of the illness depends on laboratory tests that identify Salmonella in the stools of an infected person. Once Salmonella has been identified, further testing can determine its specific type, and which antibiotics could be used to treat it.

How can Salmonella infections be treated?
Salmonella infections usually resolve in 5-7 days and often do not require treatment unless the patient becomes severely dehydrated or the infection spreads from the intestines. Persons with severe diarrhoea may require rehydration, often with intravenous fluids. Antibiotics are not usually necessary unless the infection spreads from the intestines.

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