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NHSGGC PHPU Investigates Seven Cases of E Coli O157

31/01/2014 10:45

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 seven cases of E.coli O157.

Initial investigations indicate that there is a link to the SSE Hydro, Glasgow. There is an association with the consumption of burgers at the Hydro but other foods items are also being considered.

If anyone has attended the Hydro between Friday January 17th and Saturday, January 25th and has experienced, or is continuing to experience, symptoms including stomach cramps, diarrhoea (often bloody), nausea and fever they should contact a GP or NHS out of hours service.

All seven cases are recovering at home. One of the cases is from the NHSGGC area, two are from the NHS Lanarkshire area, three from NHS Lothian and one is from Cumbria.

Dr Gillian Penrice, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHSGGC said: “We are pleased that all the cases are recovering at home.

“Investigations are underway to identify if there is any common source. While there is no conclusive evidence our initial investigations have indicated that there may be a link to the consumption of burgers at the SSE Hydro and Glasgow City Council Environmental Health Officers are working closely with the vendors to ensure all appropriate food hygiene standards are being met.

“I would ask anyone who has attended the Hydro recently and who has experienced or is continuing to experience symptoms including stomach cramps, diarrhoea (often bloody), nausea and fever to contact their GP.”

A further update will be issued on Monday, February 3rd.

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Notes to Editors
What is E coli O 157?
E coli O 157 is a harmful strain of Escherichia coli. Most E coli strains are harmless, E coli O 157, however, can cause serious illness.

How can you contract it?
E coli O 157 is spread in a number of ways including eating or drinking contaminated food or drink, direct or indirect contact with infected animals and person to person contact.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms associated with E coli O 157 include stomach cramps, diarrhoea, vomiting and fever.

Some people show few or no symptoms and for the majority of people the illness resolves within 5 – 10 days. In small children and the elderly, however, the infection can be more severe.

Preventing the infection?
The infection can be prevented by following a few simple steps including washing hands thoroughly before and after food handling and cooking, eating, feeding young children and the elderly, departing a farm park or zoo, using the toilet, handling animals, changing nappies and handling raw meat or poultry.


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