3 sickened: E. coli in Conwy county over

An E. coli O157 outbreak in the Conwy area of the UK, which affected three children has been declared over, health officials said.

e.coli.vaccine.beefA total of 83 other people were screened for E. coli O157 as part of the investigation by Public Health Wales and Conwy council but were given the all clear.

A childcare provider shut voluntarily during the outbreak but has reopened and is not believed to be the source.

Three affected children are recovering at home.

It’s not unusual: UK spike in Salmonella cases linked to snakes

Public Health England have linked a spike in Salmonella cases to an unlikely source – snakes.

It’s not unusual.

You see a reptile, I see a Salmonella factory.

In the UK, 70 cases have been reported so far in 2015 involving people handling reptiles.

Professor Jeremy Hawker said the bug was primarily contracted from handling raw and frozen mice which are then fed to snakes.

He also warned that it could be caught from furniture, clothes and household surfaces contaminated by infected droppings.

But Welsh crooner Tom Jones has a simpler message that snake owners should take to heart.

142 sickened with E. coli from UK takeaway because staff fail to wash hands

More than 100 takeaway customers were sick for up to two months with a rare strain of E. coli - after staff did not wash their hands after using the toilet, a court heard.

handwashing.sep.12Nottingham Crown Court heard that 142 customers of the Khyber Pass in Hyson Green, Nottingham, suffered with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after the outbreak last June.

In one case, a 13-year-old girl spent four nights in hospital with a consultant saying the infection could have been fatal if it was not treated.

Amjad Bhatti and Mohammed Basit, owners of the Khyber Pass, in Gregory Boulevard, pleaded guilty to seven food hygiene offences and were sentenced on Wednesday.

Prosecuting, Bernard Thorogood said that nine of the 12 members of staff who handle food at the takeaway were found to have traces of the bacteria, and one of the defendant’s daughters fell ill.

Mitigating, Robert Egbuna said lessons had been learnt and improvements made at the takeaway.

He said: “It is not just a case of adding hand basins. There have been significant changes that have come about from the real shock of what has happened.”

Bhatti and Basit were both given four months prison suspended for a year, as well as being ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work each.

His Honour Judge Jeremy Lea also said each of the victims should be paid £200 compensation by the defendants as well as paying costs of £25,752.36.

UK toddler’s life turned upside down after HUS diagnosis

Just weeks ago Bobby Crosier was a happy, healthy two-year-old who was enjoying a bank holiday break with his mum and dad at a caravan in County Durham.

bobby.crosier.e.coli.sep.15Now, the Washington tot is in Newcastle’s Great North Children’s Hospital fighting off the illness which his worried parents are desperate to raise awareness of.

Mum Alex Crosier, 23, said: “When they told me, I was in a state of shock.

“I felt like someone has just grabbed our world and turned it upside down.”

The Crosier family, including dad Glen, 27, and three-year-old son Karl, had all been enjoying a weekend at a caravan in Witton-le-Wear during the August bank holiday weekend when Bobby started complaining of feeling unwell.

Alex said: “His eyes seemed a bit swollen and he wasn’t himself but we just thought it might have been a touch of hayfever.

“It turns out the problem was caused by E. coli, and the doctors told me it would just be a one-off case.

“When I heard that, I was so grateful. We had originally feared the situation might be a lot worse.”

Bobby has now started to recover on his own without the need for dialysis.

Mystery continues with 26 sick: Third UK child hospitalized with E. coli O55 infection

A third child is being treated in hospital for serious kidney problems following an E. coli infection in Dorset.

e.coli.O55.uk.sep.15Public Health England (PHE) said tests had shown it was the same strain of E. coli O55 that had affected 26 other people in the county.

In May, two children were also admitted to hospital with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), the most common cause of acute kidney injury in children .

No common source has been identified.

PHE said close family contacts and pets were being tested and follow-up investigations were taking place.

It urged Dorset residents and visitors to be “extra vigilant” with hand hygiene before preparing food and after contact with animals.

In June, the O55 strain was found in animal droppings outside the home of an affected family.

It is not yet clear whether the fecal sample, which tested positive, came from a wild or domestic animal.

Clusters of this particular strain had not been identified in England since records began in 1994.

Who has UK football’s dirtiest pies?

The half-time pie is one of football’s time-honoured traditions but some stadium kitchens preparing fans’ food have been criticised by inspectors for dirty conditions and pest problems – Mirror Online can reveal.

rest.inspec.stadium.uk.pie.sep.15Our investigation has examined food hygiene reports of all 92 Premier League and Football League clubs to reveal which pie stands fans may want to avoid.

The majority of grounds passed with flying colours but others clubs were warned over the state of the kitchens at kiosks at their stadiums.

One club was even warned over the potential safety of the food it was allegedly serving to players on away trips.

The reports were obtained through Freedom of Information requests made to councils a week before the start of the new season – although some ratings have changed since then.

A lot of poop on UK birds: Campylobacter survey report published

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the final report of its year-long survey of Campylobacter levels on UK fresh shop-bought chickens.

chickenThe report is an analysis of the data from the survey carried out by the FSA between February 2014 and March 2015, which showed the levels of Campylobacter found on fresh, whole chickens sold in the UK.

The results for the full year, as previously published, showed:

19% of chickens tested positive for Campylobacter within the highest band of contamination*

73% of chickens tested positive for the presence of Campylobacter

0.1% (five samples) of packaging tested positive at the highest band of contamination.

7% of packaging tested positive for the presence of Campylobacter.

* more than 1000 colony forming units per gram (>1000 cfu/g). These units indicate the degree of contamination on each sample.

The survey results, which were published on a quarterly basis throughout the year, allowed consumers for the first time to compare the Campylobacter levels found on chickens from all of the major retailers. The final report contains data sets of the results from all of the retailers and includes comparisons between different sized birds.

Two Welsh children recovering after contracting E. coli

Two young children are recovering at home after being tested for the potentially deadly E.coli bug.

farmfest.Oneida County cryptoPublic Health Wales and Conwy County Borough Council say both children, who visited childcare settings in the region, have been tested for the infection.

The affected childcare providers have closed voluntarily, and relevant children and staff are being screened for the infection as a precaution to prevent the risk of spread in these settings.

Public Health Wales say the source of infection is believed to be outside of the childcare settings.

A spokeswoman said both children are “recovering well at home”.

Thoroughly cook salad: 40 sick with E. coli O157 linked to leafy greens in UK

Public Health England (PHE), Public Health Wales (PHW) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are investigating an outbreak of E. coli across England and Wales.

lettuce.skull.e.coli.O145As of September 8, there are 40 confirmed cases.

Initial investigations have indicated that pre-packed salad is the most likely cause of the outbreak.  Dr Anjila Shah from PHE’s North West’s Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection team said: “We have been working with colleagues nationally and with the Food Standards Agency to investigate the cause of this outbreak.

“To date seven cases have been confirmed across the Cheshire and Merseyside area and public health measures have been put in place to prevent further infection.

“Investigations into these cases is on-going so it is not possible to speculate further as to the cause and source of the infection.”

Paul Cleary, consultant epidemiologist for Public Health England said: “The public can protect themselves from getting, and spreading E. coli through good hygiene practices. 

“This is particularly important when handling or preparing food, as consuming contaminated food or water are common sources of infection. 

“Foods that require cooking should be cooked thoroughly and all fruits and vegetables eaten raw should be washed to help remove bacteria from the outside. 

“Ready-to-eat pre-packed salads do not generally need to be re-washed unless it states otherwise on the packet.”

39 sick: UK E. coli O157 outbreak linked to leafy greens

In early August 2015 a number of cases of Escherichia coli O157 phage type 8 verotoxin type 2a (MLVA profile 17-9-6-13-8-4-5-5 or a single locus variant thereof) were found to be genetically clustered by whole genome sequencing (WGS) and to share the same SNP address.

lettuce.skull.e.coli.O145As of 3 September, the cluster comprises 38 confirmed cases, with one additional probable case and four possible cases for which WGS results are pending. Onset dates for confirmed and probable cases range from 29 July to 12 August 2015. Cases are widely distributed across England, with one case in Wales but none identified in Scotland to date. In England, the majority of confirmed cases (seven each) have been reported from Anglia and Cheshire and Merseyside, with 14 additional Health Protection Teams across the country also affected and reporting between one and three cases each. Most cases are female aged 18 to 73 years.

Analysis of enhanced questionnaires has shown that 33/38 confirmed members of the cluster had exposure to pre-packed salad and that 19 of these had purchased their pre-packed salad at the same supermarket chain. A focused survey carried out with 24 of the confirmed cases indicated that the most common exposures were to two salad products from one supermarket chain which share one ingredient. Trace-back has been initiated and one packer/distributor has been identified which is supplied by three farms. Samples are being collected from the supermarket chain outlets visited by cases, the distributor/packer and from the supply farms.

Investigations to determine the exact source and cause of contamination are on-going.

Burying the outbreak announcement in a monthly report and not going public about the source is a public health fail.