Rare salmonella bug hits Scotland

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Source of Article:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/7544907.stm



Twenty two people in Scotland have contracted a rare strain of Salmonella, according to health officials.


Health Protection Scotland said it was part of an outbreak affecting the whole of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. In total, 90 people were affected.

Scottish public health specialists have been assisting an investigation being co-ordinated by scientists in Ireland.

None of those infected with the strain in Scotland was believed to have been seriously ill.

The infection causes diarrhoea and vomiting and is usually successfully treated with antibiotics.

Most cases across the UK and Ireland have been in the young and middle aged.

Possible causes of the outbreak are being investigated by the Food Standards Agency.




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