PHE statement on Salisbury contamination event

13 March 2018

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On 11 March 2018, Public Health England (PHE) issued an updated statement on the contamination event in Salisbury, while confirming that the immediate risk to the public remained low.

Following rigorous scientific analysis, it had been discovered that there had been some limited contamination in both the Mill pub and Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury. Anyone who had visited the Mill pub or Zizzi restaurant which the two affected individuals had visited were reassured that this limited exposure would not have harmed their health to date. However, there might be a very small health risk associated with repeated contact with any belongings which might have been contaminated by the substance. PHE therefore recommended a precautionary approach and advised people to clean the clothes they were wearing and any possessions they had had with them.

Those who had been in either location were being advised to:

• wash clothing they haven’t already in the washing machine

• any items which cannot be washed, and which would normally be dry cleaned, should be put in two plastic bags tied at the top and stored safely at home.  PHE was currently reviewing the best way of cleaning these clothes and would provide further advice on its website

• wipe personal items such as phones, handbags and other electronic items with cleansing or baby wipes and dispose of the wipes in the bin

• wash other items such as jewellery and spectacles which cannot go in the washing machine with warm water and detergent and rinse with clean, cold water

• wash their hands thoroughly after cleaning any items

PHE reiterated that the immediate risk to those affected was extremely low and these were precautionary measures.

The UK Government has also provided additional information for those who had been in either location at the time.

Source: PHE, 11 March 2018