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Leafy Salad Implicated in UK E.coli O157 PT 34 Outbreak

Public Health England (PHE) is investigating an outbreak of a strain of E. coli O157 which may be associated with eating leafy salad. To date 84 cases (figure correct as at 1 July 2016) of this strain of E. coli have been identified (77 in England, 5 in Wales, 1 in the Channel Islands and 1 in Scotland) with the majority of cases confirmed in the South West of England.

The particular strain involved in the outbreak has been identified as phage type 34 and several of the affected individuals are salad items before becoming ill but no particular suppliers has been identified as the source.

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Tags: Escherichia coli inc STECs, Escherichia coli O157

Date Published: July 5, 2016

Source article link: Public Health England
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