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Investigation into Salmonella Cases

October 03, 2014 10:17 AM

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The Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is liaising with other health boards, Health Protection Scotland, the Food Standards Agency and Glasgow City Council Environmental Health to investigate 11 cases of Salmonella.

The eleven cases are all recovering in the community. One individual, with an underlying health condition, required a short period in hospital but has since been discharged.

The 11 cases are from the Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire and Highland areas.

Nine of the eleven cases have been formally confirmed through laboratory testing.

Investigations have confirmed that all eleven people ate within the hospitality facilities at Celtic Park on Sunday 21st September 2014.

Environmental Health officers visited the premises as soon as we became aware of this cluster of cases. They are satisfied that the food production processes within the Celtic Park kitchen, which caters for its hospitality areas, are appropriate and the food business operator concerned is co-operating fully with the investigation.

Investigations are currently focusing on the external suppliers of ingredients however the FSA have advised that there are currently no other related salmonella incidents which they are aware of relating to any of the foods involved.

Dr Gillian Penrice, Lead Consultant in Public Health Medicine at NHSGGC, said: “The incubation period for salmonella is usually between 24 – 72 hours, meaning that the likelihood of any new cases linked to this situation is small.

“All 11 cases are recovering at home and our investigations into the source are continuing.

“I would stress however that this appears to have been an isolated cluster of cases, that there is no ongoing risk to customers and that we are satisfied with the food handling and hygiene at Celtic Park.”

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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.

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 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.

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


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