Update E. coli O157 outbreak

Publication Date: 02 August 2016

Health Protection Scotland continues to work with Food Standards Scotland, NHS boards and local authority environmental health teams to investigate and manage the outbreak of E. coli O157, which may be associated with eating Dunsyre Blue cheese made from unpasteurised milk.

The number of confirmed cases of the same strain of E. coli O157 has now risen to 18. As with the others, the two additional cases developed symptoms between 2 and 15 July.

The multi-agency group are continuing to review additional information as it becomes available and Dunsyre Blue remains the most likely cause of these cases.

Errington Cheese has carried out a voluntary recall of suspected batches.

Members of the public who purchased Dunsyre Blue cheese between 18 May and 29 July, and still have the product in their fridges, are reminded to return it to the retailer where they purchased the product or dispose of it.

Notes to Editor

Symptoms associated with E. coli O157 can include stomach cramps, diarrhoea (often bloody), vomiting and occasionally fever. Anyone developing symptoms, including bloody diarrhoea, or who is concerned about their symptoms, should contact their GP or telephone NHS 24 on 111 for advice.

There are 18 cases in total: 14 in Scotland across seven NHS Boards and 4 in England. One patient is being treated in hospital.

Contact(s):

Health Protection Scotland - Communications Team
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Glasgow
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Tel: 0141 300 1117
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