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About our UK E.coli STEC Outbreak news

Latest news on E. coli outbreak in UK, providing comprehensive coverage of STEC O145 cases, symptoms, food safety alerts, and public health advice from UKHSA and FSA.

The UK is currently grappling with a significant outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O145, with 288 confirmed cases as of 3 July 2024. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is leading the investigation in collaboration with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and public health agencies across the four nations.

While case numbers are declining, authorities expect to identify a few more linked cases as further samples undergo whole genome sequencing. The outbreak has resulted in a high hospitalisation rate of 49% among reported cases. Tragically, one death likely linked to STEC infection has been reported. Investigations have pointed to pre-packaged sandwich products containing lettuce as the probable source, leading to precautionary product recalls by several manufacturers.

Public health officials are urging the public to be vigilant about hygiene practices. Amy Douglas, Incident Director at UKHSA, emphasises the importance of thorough hand washing and proper food handling to prevent further spread. Those experiencing symptoms such as severe diarrhoea, stomach cramps, or fever are advised to follow NHS guidance and avoid preparing food for others or visiting vulnerable individuals.

E. coli outbreaks have a long history of causing public health concerns, with past incidents leading to significant changes in food safety regulations. This current outbreak underscores the ongoing challenges in food supply chain management and the critical role of rapid response systems in public health.

Stay informed about the latest developments in the E. coli outbreak through our comprehensive NewsNow feed. With updates from UKHSA, FSA, and other authoritative sources, our coverage provides essential information for anyone concerned about food safety and public health in the UK.

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