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The Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has today published its report into the outbreak of E.coli O157 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow in January this year.
In total 22 people contracted E.coli O157 and all were associated with the consumption of beef burgers at the Hydro between 17th and 19th January 2014.
19 of the cases personally attended and ate burgers at the venue and were classed as primary cases and the remaining three were household contacts of these primary cases.
The vast majority of those affected were not severely unwell however three cases required hospital treatment. All cases have now fully recovered.
The outbreak was managed in partnership with other health boards, Health Protection Scotland, the Food Standards Agency and Environmental Health at Glasgow City Council and North Lanarkshire Council.
Dr Catriona Miloševi, NHSGGC Consultant in Public Health Medicine and co-author of the outbreak report, said: “Whilst it is not conclusive there is strong epidemiological evidence pointing to the exposure being the consumption of beef burgers purchased at the SSE Hydro between 17th and 19th January 2014.
“The laboratory analysis carried out at the time is in keeping with a single source of exposure and we also know that there were no other notified cases of the same type in Scotland at the same time as this outbreak.
“The outbreak provides a reminder of the potential for E.coli O157 contamination of beef products and of the need for adequate cooking and cross-contamination measures in the preparation of these products – especially minced meat products such a s burgers which should be thoroughly cooked.
“During our investigations staff at the company which operates the burger outlet at SSE Hydro were helpful and co-operated fully. We are fully satisfied that they have made the required improvements to their processes.
“I would also like to thank Glasgow City Council Environmental Health, the Scottish E.coli O157 Reference Laboratory, Health Protection Scotland, the Food Standards Agency, North Lanarkshire Council Environmental Health and other health boards for this assistance and support in the management and investigation of this outbreak.”
To download a full copy of the report click here www.nhsggc.org.uk/ecoli0157report
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