08:56am Friday 18 August 2017

E. coli O157

E. coli O157

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to Flicks restaurant in Cityside Mall, 100-150 York Street, Belfast.

Health Protection staff from the PHA are currently working with Environmental Health Officers from Belfast City Council to investigate the outbreak. At this stage, ten confirmed or suspected cases have been identified.

The management of Flicks have voluntarily closed the premises and are cooperating with the investigation.

The PHA has advised that anyone who ate at Flicks restaurant since 24 September and has symptoms of diarrhoea (especially bloody diarrhoea) and/ or abdominal pain should contact their GP urgently for medical advice. 

Dr Michael Devine, Public Health Consultant, PHA, said: “The Escherichia coli bacteria is commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals. There are many different types of E. coli, and while some live in the intestine quite harmlessly, others may cause a variety of diseases. The bacterium is found in faeces and can survive in the environment.

“Symptoms caused by E. coli O157 can include diarrhoea, which can range from mild to profuse watery or bloody diarrhoea, tummy cramps, nausea or vomiting.”

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For further information, contact PHA Communications on (028) 9055 3663 or email gary.mckeown@hscni.net 

Notes to the editor

For further information, the PHA leaflet Preventing food poisoning at home and in healthcare settings at: http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/preventing-food-poisoning-home-and-healthcare-settings-0

Information on E coli O157 and guidance on management of bloody diarrhoea in children, is available at: http://www.hpa.org.uk/Topics/InfectiousDiseases/InfectionsAZ/EscherichiaColiO157/


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