E.coli O157 & Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

Irish outbreak declared over

17th November 2012

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Environmental Health Officers from Belfast City Council are satisfied that the outbreak of E.coli O157 linked to Flicks restaurant in Belfast is now over.

As of 3.00 pm on Wednesday 14th November, there were 138 confirmed cases and 163 probable cases.

However, the investigation remains ongoing with all aspects of the outbreak being examined thoroughly. As such, the PHA feel it would not be appropriate, at this stage, to comment on any potential cause of the outbreak. As with all outbreaks, a full report will be made publicly available when the investigation and analysis is complete.

A small number of cases may still be infectious and the PHA continues to advise members of the public that if they have diarrhoea and/or vomiting they should not go to work but stay at home and not prepare food until they are 48 hours symptom-free. It is important that everyone helps to prevent the spread of E.coli and washes their hands after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food.

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