2:15pm Monday 8th December
Annie Riddle »
MOST of the children from Salisbury’s Pembroke Park Primary
School who were struck down by salmonella last week have recovered and are
now back in class.
Headteacher Joy Wagstaff said there
had been no new cases over the weekend, and only a couple of the pupils had
needed an overnight stay in hospital for rehydration.
She said Health Protection Agency officials trying to trace
the source of the outbreak had told her it may never be known.
“There was no link to the school kitchen as far as we know,”
she said. Salisbury District Council’s environmental health officers
inspected it last Tuesday and told her they were “very happy with the
procedures followed by our catering company”.
A council spokesman described the school’s kitchen as “well
managed” and said investigations were continuing.
In all, eight cases of the infection were confirmed among
the 22 pupils who were off school sick last week.
GPs were alerted, and parents were sent a fact sheet
detailing the symptoms of the illness and care advice.
Salmonella is usually caught from raw or undercooked food
particularly meat, poultry and eggs.
It can spread from person to person.