Multi country outbreak affects nearly 200
The United Kingdom seems to have been hit hardest by a Salmonella outbreak that has so far affected people across five European countries, according to a recent report on the Food Safety News website.
The article’s author Joe Whitworth writes that UK has suffered most as a result of Salmonella Mikawasima infections where 138 incidents have been identified, with smaller numbers in Sweden, France, Ireland and Denmark: Portugal has also recorded an increase.
The report quotes the deputy director, national infections service at Public Health England, Dr. Nick Phin.
He advises that the spread of Salmonella can be reduced by “…hygienic handling and preparation of food including cooking food thoroughly”.
Regular hand washing was also vitally important he added.
“Salmonella can also be spread from person to person, so anyone affected should adhere to good hygiene practice such as washing your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom.”
NHS hand washing advice
The NHS advises in its article 10 ways to prevent food poisoning,
“Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (warm or cold) and dry them before handling food, after handling raw food – including meat, fish, eggs and vegetables – and after touching the bin, going to the toilet, blowing your nose or touching animals (including pets).”
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