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STATEMENT ON SALMONELLA CASES IN SCOTLAND

August 26, 2003 11:16 AM

following 14 confirmed cases and three suspected cases in Scotland since August 5th.SalmonellaAN investigation is underway to identify the source of an unusual form of

in England and Wales during August. This suggests there could be a common source. The UK investigation teams are working in close collaboration.SalmonellaThere have also been 17 confirmed and one suspected case of this unusual type of

Bareilly are assisting the investigation, which is being led by the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health (SCIEH).SalmonellaPublic Health agencies from the areas with confirmed cases of

SCIEH investigations during the weekend have not established any clear evidence of the source of the bug. The Food Standards Agency is working closely with SCIEH in its investigations however at this stage it has not been established whether the source is food-borne.

Bareilly in 2002 and only one during 2001.Salmonella and Scotland can usually expect 1,500 confirmed cases every year. This outbreak is unusual in that there were only two cases of Salmonella There are more than 2,500 different types of

is rare but no more serious than other types. It can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and fever. For most people it is an unpleasant rather than a dangerous illness.Salmonella Dr John Cowden, Chairman of the investigation team, said: "This form of

Bareilly 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.Salmonella"

"We are currently trying to establish common links between those confirmed cases to try and establish if there is a single source causing this outbreak."

The NHS board areas in Scotland with confirmed cases are: Lothian (5), Grampian (3), Greater Glasgow (2), Lanarkshire (1) Ayrshire and Arran (1), Fife (1), Tayside (1).

The NHS regions in England and Wales with confirmed cases are: North East (2), Yorkshire and Humber (1), East Midlands (2), West Midlands (2), Wales (4), Eastern (1), South West (2), London (1) and South East (2).

Test results from four suspected cases are expected soon.

I can advise that Salmonella is usually spread by undercooked food or poor hygiene. Taking care while preparing food and hand washing are effective defences. Meanwhile, our investigations continue."Salmonella,  Dr Cowden added: "While we cannot give out any specific advice to the public of how to avoid coming into contact with this type of 

For further information contact Mr Ally McLaws on 07779 350727.

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