How safe is your salad? Porton Down's Public Health England warns about E.Coli

How safe is your salad? Porton Down's Public Health England warns about E.Coli

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:07am 29th June 2016.

They've seen cases of the illness around the region, with all of them having eaten salad before getting poorly.

How safe is your salad? People in Wiltshire are being warned to watch out after an E.coli outbreak locally.

Public Health England (PHE) has seen 19 cases across the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire region in recent weeks, with everyone affected having eaten salad items before they became unwell.

The advice now is to make sure we take particular care with food hygiene and preparation.

There's no confirmed source of where the outbreak might have come from.

HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF FROM AN ILLNESS?

Here's the advice from PHE:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly, with soap and water, after using the toilet as well as before and after handling food
  • Also wash your hands after coming into contact with animals, especially farm animals
  • Remove any loose soil before storing vegetables
  • Thoroughly wash fruit, vegetables and salad items that will be eaten raw

Public Health England is working with authorities like Wiltshire Council to investigate where the outbreak might have originated from.

Those who have been affected by a potential E.coli infection are being asked to fill out a detailed questionnaire to find any common links between the cases.

Of the 19 cases so far, 14 are women, and no children have been affected as yet.

Families affected have also been given infection control advice and given support by health care professionals.

SYMPTOMS OF E.COLI

  • Diarrhoea - ranging from mild to bloody
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • More serious medical conditions like kidney illness

Mike Wade, Director of Health Protection for Public Health England South West said:

"E.coli O157 can be caught by eating contaminated food or by contact with infected animals. It can also be passed from an infected individual to another person if hand and toilet hygiene is poor.

"We continue to stress the importance of good hand and food hygiene practices at all times. Small children should also be supervised when washing their hands."

You can find out more about the E.coli illness on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk

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