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HPA links recent UK salmonella outbreak to imported eggs

10th August 2011

The recent outbreak of salmonella infections in England and Wales has been traced back to a batch of imported eggs by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

According to the organisation, the strain of Salmonella Enteritidis phage type 14b that has become prevalent in 2011 has been isolated in a single batch of eggs from a farm in Spain.

Since the beginning of the year, 193 cases of infection have been reported, with the majority being localised in the north-west and Midlands areas of England.

However, no eggs from the implicated batch number have been imported to Britain since June, with the Food Standards Agency having alerted Spanish authorities to take appropriate action over the potential contamination.

Dr Joe Kearney, chair of the outbreak control team at the HPA, said: "We expect these developments to have a significant impact in curtailing the outbreak, but in the meantime our investigations are continuing."

Last month, the agency issued new guidance on the management of E. coli cases among children, in response to the outbreak of infections across Europe in recent months.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800695474-ADNFCR

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