Update E. coli O157 outbreak

Publication Date: 05 August 2016

The number of confirmed cases of the same strain of E. coli O157 remains at 18.

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.

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 remains in hospital.

HPS will be making no further statement this week.

Contact(s):

Health Protection Scotland - Communications Team
Meridian Court
5 Cadogan Street
Glasgow
G2 6QE

Tel: 0141 300 1117
Email: NSS.hpscommunications@nhs.net