E. coli O157 outbreak update

Publication Date: 12 August 2016

The number of confirmed cases of the same strain of E. coli O157 has risen to 19. Though newly linked to this outbreak, this additional case developed symptoms at the same time as the previous cases, between 2 and 15 July.

Notes to Editor

The multi-agency group including Health Protection Scotland, Food Standards Scotland, NHS boards and local authority environmental health teams are continuing to investigate this outbreak. Dunsyre Blue cheese remains the most likely cause of these cases.

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.

All patients are recovering at home.

HPS will be making no further statement this week.

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