Two dead, 151 sick in UK E.coli outbreak

Authorities in the UK are investigating an outbreak of E.coli O157. In a press release, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the outbreak has been linked to eating mixed […]
Fri 15/07/2016

Authorities in the UK are investigating an outbreak of E.coli O157.

In a press release, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the outbreak has been linked to eating mixed salad leaves, including rocket leaves, but a specific food source is yet to be confirmed.

The FSA said it is working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and local authorities to investigate the outbreak.

“As a precaution, the FSA is reminding people of the importance of good hand and food hygiene practices.

“All vegetables, including salads, intended to be eaten raw should be thoroughly washed unless they are specifically labelled ‘ready to eat’,” it said.

The PHE said in a separate press release that 151 cases of this strain of E. coli have been identified (figure correct as at 13 July 2016).

It said that 62 of the cases are known to have received hospital care and sadly, 2 of the individuals with E.coli O157 infection have died.

Read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/update-as-e-coli-o157-investigation-continues