Thursday 23 November 2017

More than 50 people, including four children, fall ill after Salmonella outbreak - HSE confirm

Gardai and members of the 'Sloggers to Joggers' group form a gaurad of honour as the hearse leaves after the funeral of Sandra O'Brien at St Finian's Church in Swords, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 25/5/2017
Gardai and members of the 'Sloggers to Joggers' group form a gaurad of honour as the hearse leaves after the funeral of Sandra O'Brien at St Finian's Church in Swords, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 25/5/2017
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The HSE has confirmed that more than 50 people have fallen ill after an outbreak of food poisoning due to Salmonella in North Dublin.

The statement comes a week after Sandra O’Brien, who was in her 50s, died from suspected food poisoning at a First Communion party.

The Health Service Executive confirmed that the outbreak has affected "multiple groups".

The HSE is liaising with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and an Outbreak Control Team has been formed and an investigation is ongoing.

Sandra O'Brien
Sandra O'Brien

The statement continues: "The HSE is aware of more than 50 people (including 4 children) ill from a number of separate groups of family parties supplied by a North Dublin food business on Saturday 13th May and Sunday 14th May.

"To date five people were admitted to hospital and 16 of those ill have been confirmed as Salmonella."

The first cases of food poisoning were notified to the HSE on Thursday May 18. The statement confirms that a north Dublin food business was identified as the common link in this outbreak.

"The investigation is focused on this business. A Closure Order was served on the food business on Friday 19th May."

The HSE say the investigation is ongoing and includes further examination of the food business operation and food served and assessment of the information from ill and well persons who consumed food.

"Members of the public should contact their GP if they have any concerns regarding their health. People who think they may be ill as a result of this outbreak may also contact the HSE’s Environmental Health Service or Department of Public Health in Dublin to assist in the investigation of this outbreak."

Last week the Food Safety Authority confirmed it has placed the closure order on the kitchen and associate storage facilities of O'Dwyer's pub, Strand Road, Portmarnock which is occupied by catering company Flanreil Food Services Ltd.

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Investigation: O’Dwyers pub in Portmarnock

"The investigation is in its early stages and while it is currently focusing on a catering company, Flanreil Food Services Ltd, the source and cause of the outbreak has not yet been identified," said a Food Safety Authority spokesperson.

Concerned members of the public are asked to To contact the HSE Environmental Health Service please phone 01-8976140 during office hours(or email cdu@hse.ie  with your name and telephone number)

To contact the HSE Department of Public Health please phone 01-6352145, during office hours.

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