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Salmonella Outbreak - 25 Cases In London

Friday 15th August 2014

Health officials are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella in England that has affected more than one hundred and fifty people - 25 of whom are in London.

Cases over several months in Hampshire, Cheshire and Merseyside have been mostly linked to takeaways and a restaurant.

Another outbreak has been traced to Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, while other cases have been found in London and as far away as France and Austria.

Salmonella is one of a number of bacteria that can cause food poisoning. It is often linked to poultry and eggs.

The symptoms of food poisoning usually begin 1-3 days after eating something comtaminated food.

Symptoms include feeling sick, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps.

Most people with food poisoning get better without the need for treatment but the NHS says sufferers should rest and drink plenty of fluids - becoming dehydrated will increase how long it takes to get better.

Oral rehydration salts are recommended for people vulnerable to the effects of dehydration, such as the elderly and those with another health condition.

You will only need to see your doctor if:

- Your symptoms are severe and do not improve after a few days
- You have a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or over
 You have symptoms of severe dehydration, such as sunken eyes and passing small quantities of dark, strong smelling urine
- There has been an outbreak of similar cases of food poisoning linked to a possible source of contamination
- Tou have a baby with food poisoning

You can find out more about what to do if you have food poisoning on the NHS website.