Issued: August 27, 2003
Bareilly in the UK since yesterday afternoon. There are now 22 confirmed cases in England & Wales and 19 confirmed cases in Scotland.SalmonellaThere have been two newly confirmed cases of
Dr John Cowden of the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health (SCIEH) is leading the UK team of experts investigating the outbreak. Today he stressed that these newly identified cases overnight confirmed little.
could well appear. In the meantime our objective remains to identify a possible source as quickly as possible."SalmonellaDr Cowden added: "More cases of this type of
poisoning which resulted in around 15,000 confirmed cases throughout the UK last year.Salmonella Bareilly was no more or less dangerous than other types of SalmonellaDr Cowden stressed that
Bareilly points to exotic foods or spices from the Far East.SalmonellaInformation from public health colleagues in Australia, the USA and in Europe about recent identifications of
The investigation team are working on a theory that a possible cause could be an ingredient in one or more food products that have been supplied to outlets around Britain which would explain the wide spread of cases during the same time-frame.
The small number of cases does not suggest heavy contamination of any commonly consumed food.
Dr Sarah O'Brien, of the Health Protection Agency in England & Wales said: "There is still much to be done to identify a cause – if indeed there is a single cause - but that is what we are continuing to work toward. Those confirmed cases that have been interviewed have been asked a great many questions about what they have consumed over the few days before they began feeling unwell.
"All those cases are now reported to be recovering well or are fully recovered."
Bareilly.SalmonellaInterviews, information gathering and cross-checking will continue as a matter of urgency as will surveillance to monitor any new cases of
The geographical spread of the confirmed cases is now as follows:
The NHS board areas in Scotland with confirmed cases are: Lothian (5), Grampian (3), Greater Glasgow (3), Highland (2), Lanarkshire (1) Ayrshire and Arran (2), Fife (1), Tayside (1), Argyll and Clyde (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 (5), Eastern (1), South West (2), London (1) and South East (5), North West (1).
Media inquiries to:
Scieh press contact Dawn Nelson 0141 201 4429 (24 hours)
Health Protection Agency press office 0208 200 4400 (24-hours)