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Update Following Ecoli O157 OCT Meeting

August 15, 2007 5:14 PM

There have been no new confirmed cases of E coli O157 related to this outbreak.
A 72 year-old man remains serious but stable at the Victoria Infirmary and a 71 year-old woman is unwell but improving at the RAH in Paisley.
A 70 year-old Paisley woman remains stable in hospital in the Republic of Ireland.
The other four individuals affected continue to recover well at home.
As part of the normal public health procedures, a number of confirmed E coli O157 cases have been investigated in Scotland and England but so far none of these cases have been linked to this outbreak.
It has now been established that some cooked cold meats from the deli counters were supplied to the staff canteens and customer cafes in both stores. 
The Lonend stores’ deli also supplied ham for the preparation of a limited number of pre-packed sandwiches sold in the store.
Since Monday, when the OCT asked Morrisons to stop selling cooked cold meats, all these practices have been stopped. No confirmed outbreak cases so far have been linked to the consumption of sandwiches or meals from customer cafes or staff canteens.
Dr Syed Ahmed, Chair of the OCT, is advising anyone who has consumed sliced cold meats through either of the deli’s, customer cafes or the purchase of ham sandwiches from the Lonend branch in the past couple of weeks and who is experiencing symptoms including stomach cramps, diarrhoea (often bloody), nausea and fever should contact a GP or NHS 24 (08454 242424) in the first instance.
The OCT will meet again on Friday (17th August) afternoon, following which an update will be issued.
ENDS
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