Salmonella hits Wales

23/9/2008

Source of Article:  http://www.newswales.co.uk/?section=Health&F=1&id=15184

 

Eleven cases of Salmonella Agona have been reported in Wales as an investigation into an international outbreak continues.

The National Public Health Service for Wales (NPHS) reports that a total of 164 cases have now been reported across the UK, Ireland and Europe.

The NPHS continues to work with partner agencies across the UK and Ireland to investigate the outbreak.

A number of chicken, beef and bacon products from Dawn Farm Foods, the Maudlins, Naas, County Kildare (plant number 734) have been withdrawn from sale after laboratory testing revealed evidence of a link between the factory and the outbreak.

Products processed on the same production line as the Salmonella positive products at Dawn Farm Foods (plant number 734) should not be used.

Dr Roland Salmon, Director of the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, National Public Health Service for Wales says: “There have been 11 cases of Salmonella Agona to date in Wales, of a total of 164.

“Salmonella is usually contracted by eating contaminated food and can cause diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever.

“Although it is an unpleasant illness, people who become ill with salmonella generally make a full recovery but serious complications may occur in frail, elderly people, very young children and people with impaired immune systems. Such groups may need to exercise additional care to avoid salmonella infections.

“More specific information should become available as investigations progress, but meanwhile, it is important for people with symptoms of salmonella to ensure that they wash their hands regularly to prevent spread of the infection to other people.

"Anyone who believes they may be suffering from food poisoning should contact their GP or local authority Environmental Health department.”

 

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