Eleven E.coli cases in Glasgow ‘possibly linked to burgers’

A total of 11 cases of E.coli O157 have been reported by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), all linked to the SSE Hydro concert venue in Glasgow and the consumption of burgers.

The E.coli cases are linked to events at the SSE Hydro on 17, 18 and 19 January, including a Top Gear show. The Public Health Protection Unit of NHSGGC is liaising with Health Protection Scotland, the Food Standards Agency and Glasgow City Council Environmental Health to investigate the cases.

Dr Eleanor Anderson, consultant in public health medicine, NHSGGC, said: “We are pleased that all the cases are recovering at home.

“Investigations are ongoing and while there is no conclusive evidence that our initial investigations have indicated there may be a link to the consumption of burgers at the SSE Hydro. Glasgow City Council Environmental Health Officers are working closely with the vendors to ensure all appropriate food hygiene standards are being met.”

A statement on the NHSGGC website says: “If anyone has attended the Hydro between Friday 17 January and Saturday 25 January and has experienced, or is continuing to experience, symptoms including stomach cramps, diarrhoea (often bloody), nausea and fever, they should contact a GP or NHS out-of-hours service.”

NHSGGC will issue a further update on 6 February.

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