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SALMONELLA BAREILLY UPDATE AUGUST 29 2003

August 29, 2003 5:46 PM

THERE have been two new cases of Salmonella Bareilly identified in Scotland bringing the total in Scotland up to 21.

Dr John Cowden of the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health (SCIEH) reiterated that Salmonella Bareilly, although rare, is no more or less dangerous than other types of Salmonella poisoning.

He said: "It can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and fever and for most people it is an unpleasant rather than a dangerous illness.

"It may have been a contributory factor in the death of one elderly woman, but all other cases are either fully recovered or are recovering at home.

"Our objective is to find the source of this outbreak as soon as possible."

In the meantime, the investigation team is still working to find the source of the outbreak.

Information from public health colleagues in Australia, USA and Europe about recent identifications of Salmonella Bareilly points to exotic foods or spices from the Far East.

This has led to the theory that a possible cause could be an ingredient in one or more food products that have been supplied to outlets across Britain – which could explain the wide spread of cases during the same time frame.

The number of cases does not suggest heavy contamination of any commonly consumed food.

Interviews, information gathering and cross-checking will continue as a matter of urgency as will surveillance to monitor any new cases of Salmonella Bareilly.

The geographical spread of the confirmed cases is now as follows:

SCOTLAND

NHS Board areas: Lothian (5), Grampian (4), Greater Glasgow (3), Highland (2), Lanarkshire (1), Ayrshire & Arran (3), Fife (1), Tayside (1), Argyll & Clyde (1).

ENDS

Media inquiries to:

SCIEH – Dawn Nelson on 0141 201 4429 (24 hours)

For an update on confirmed cases in England & Wales, please contact the Health Protection Agency press office 0208 200 4400 (24 hours)  www.hpa.org.uk

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