Kebab shop shut as a precaution after E.coli outbreak
A kebab shop in Cardiff has been closed by the environmental health, following an outbreak of E.coli in South Wales.
Three people have been hospitalised and the number of confirmed cases has risen to seven, with two further cases under investigation.
Public Health Wales and the Environmental Health officers from Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Councils shut the Adonic Kebab House in Cardiff as a precaution during their investigation of the outbreak.
Dr Gwen Lowe, consultant in communicable disease control, Public Health Wales, said: “The incubation period for E.coli O157 can range from one to 14 days, but is characteristically three to four days. We would therefore expect to continue to see more cases throughout this period, even after the source of the illness has been identified and removed.
The infection can also pass from person to person, so it is important that anyone who is ill should observe strict personal hygiene to avoid spreading the infection.
“Letters have been sent to GPs and out-of-hours services across south-east Wales to alert them to the situation. Public Health Wales and the councils involved will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
E.coli O157 is a serious bacterial infection that causes abdominal pain and diarrhoea. It is caused by eating contaminated food, or through contact with farm animals or contaminated water. Although most people recover without complications, the most severe cases can develop kidney failure.
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