Contaminated lamb meat caused a Salmonella outbreak in a minority ethnic community in Wales, according to researchers.

In July 2021, Public Health Wales received two notifications of Salmonella. Both patients had attended a barbecue in a park in Cardiff to celebrate Eid al–Adha, two days earlier. Other cases related to the barbecue were found and an outbreak investigation was started.

The barbecue was attended by members of the North African community. On the same day, smaller lunches were held in three homes. Many people went to both a lunch and the barbecue.

A traditional raw liver dish called marara, served at the

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A Salmonella outbreak in a Welsh city has been declared over after sickening more than 30 people.

A total of 33 confirmed and one probable case were linked to a pub in Wrexham.

Despite an investigation and testing, the precise 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, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Wrexham County Borough Council’s environmental health team.

No details on the age range or gender of patients were released to protect their identity.

Source of outbreak unknown

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Public health officials in Wales are investigating two E. coli O157 infections at different primary schools in the country.

Public Health Wales, Conwy County Borough Council and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are looking into a case of E. coli O157 at a primary school in Abergele.

The same three agencies are also investigating a probable case of E. coli O157 at a primary school in Conwy to try and find the source.

There is currently no evidence in either case to suggest the child acquired the infection at the school.

Richard Firth, consultant in public health at Public Health
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An outbreak of Salmonella linked to a traditional meal containing meat affected more than 20 people earlier this year in Wales.

Public Health Wales was notified about two cases of salmonellosis in late July, according to a presentation at the ESCAIDE conference, organized by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Both belonged to the Sudanese community who bought lamb to barbecue in a park in Cardiff in July to celebrate the Muslim festival Eid-al-Adha.

Further investigations found of 33 people who attended the barbecue, 22 were identified as patients. Seven were confirmed as infected from Salmonella Typhimurium.
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The likelihood of a negative impact on food standards from Brexit has increased, according to a report from Public Health Wales.

The document looks at evidence since January about the possible real-life effects Brexit could have on people’s health and well-being in Wales. The United Kingdom held a referendum on June 2016 and voted to leave the European Union, a move that became known as Brexit.

It found the odds of some negative impacts, such as those relating to food standards or environmental regulations, have increased from possible to probable. This change has been mostly due to evidence of a
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Public health officials in England and Wales are investigating the source of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people.

Public Health England (PHE), Public Health Wales (PHW) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are looking into the Salmonella 4,[5],12:b:- outbreak that could be linked to food served at some Indian restaurants.

It was identified by routine surveillance that found increased reports of Salmonella serotypes and through analyzing data obtained through whole-genome sequencing (WGS).

A PHE spokeswoman told Food Safety News there is no evidence of people ill who live outside of England and Wales and that the
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Public Health England is investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to food eaten at a school canteen. A total of 17 people with Hepatitis A have been confirmed connected to Outwood Academy in Ripon, a city in North Yorkshire.

Three other people have Hepatitis A in the Ripon area, but the source of illness for these patients remains under investigation.

At least two staff members at the school were confirmed with Hepatitis A infections. The school was not advised to close. Public Health England (PHE) is reviewing data about food eaten in the school canteen to find the source
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