A salmonella outbreak in a Welsh city has been declared over after infecting more than 30 people.
A total of 33 cases and 1 probable case were associated with pubs in Wrexham.
Despite investigation and testing, the exact source or route of transmission in the Salmonella infantis outbreak was not identified.
In late July, an Outbreak Control Team (OCT) was established, including Public Health Wales, the Betsy Cadwalladre University Health Board and the Wrexham County Borough Council’s Environmental Health Team.
To protect their identities, details about the patient’s age group and gender were not made public.
Richard Firth, a public health consultant with Public Health Wales and chairman of the OCT, said several cases of salmonella were confirmed in Wrexham at the end of July.
“We have confirmed a total of 33 confirmed cases of genetically identical salmonella infection in The Nags Head pub house on Mount Street, Wrexham, owned by PLC of Marston,” he said. “We have confirmed one case that is likely to be related.”
“On 31 July, control measures were put in place, including a voluntary closure and thorough cleaning of the facility, and testing of all staff. No further cases have been confirmed since control measures were put in place.
“Although all evidence points to Nagshead as the site of exposure for the infection, extensive research and testing has not identified the exact source or route of transmission. I would also like to thank the management and staff of several government partners, The Nags Head and Marstons PLC, for their active support throughout this research. think.”
Salmonella-contaminated food usually does not look, smell, or taste bad. Anyone can get a salmonella infection. According to the CDC, infants, children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness due to their weakened immune systems.
People who develop symptoms of salmonella food poisoning should seek medical attention. Diagnosing salmonellosis requires special tests, so sick people should tell their doctor that they may have been exposed to salmonella. Symptoms of salmonella infection can mimic other illnesses and are often misdiagnosed.
Symptoms of salmonella infection may include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever within 12 to 72 hours of eating contaminated food. Otherwise healthy adults will usually be sick for 4 to 7 days. However, in some cases, diarrhea can be so severe that hospitalization is required.
People with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly, children, pregnant women, and cancer patients, are more likely to develop serious illnesses and sometimes life-threatening conditions. Some people who are infected never get sick and show no symptoms. However, you can still spread the infection to others.
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