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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Updated Statement on Salmonella Cases

August 20, 2007 11:59 AM

The Environmental Health Section from West Dunbartonshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde can confirm that there are currently 14 confirmed and 13 probable cases of salmonella linked to the Princess Rose Chinese Restaurant in Balloch.

This means that no new patients have suffered the onset of symptoms within the last two weeks. The incubation period for salmonella is usually between 24 - 72 hours, meaning that the likelihood of any new cases linked to the same restaurant is very small.

The restaurant was closed by West Dunbartonshire Council Environmental Health Section on 8th August 2007 pending further investigation of the outbreak, and must now fulfil a number of criteria involving further staff training, approved food hygiene systems, and deep cleaning of the restaurant.

No-one is in hospital or giving cause for concern as a result of the salmonella.

Precautions that can be taken to combat the spread of salmonella are washing hands thoroughly before preparing food and after going to the toilet.

How can Salmonella infections be treated?
Salmonella infections usually resolve in five to seven 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.

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.

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.

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