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Monday, October 12, 1998 Published at 09:23 GMT 10:23 UK


Health

91 struck by salmonella outbreak

Food poisoning can be fatal for vulnerable people

At least 91 people have fallen ill following a salmonella outbreak in North London.

Ten people have been confirmed as suffering from food poisoning.

Public health officials believe the outbreak is linked to chopped liver sold at the Oakwood delicatessen in Southgate, Enfield.

It has been confirmed that around 90% of the cases so far have eaten liver from the shop.

No-one has died after falling ill, but a small number of people have been hospitalised.

Enfield council, Enfield and Haringey Health Authority and the Public Laboratory Service are warning members of the public who have bought chopped liver to check where it came from.

Indepedent delicatessens

Oakwood delicatessen, which was closed under emergency powers last week, supplies other independent delicatessens in London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

It does not supply supermarkets or bigger stores.

Oakwood will not be opened until it has come up to health and safety standards.

Although only 10 cases have so far been confirmed, test results on others who have fallen ill are due soon and should give a more accurate picture of the extent of the outbreak.

Public health officials are investigating what may have caused the outbreak - whether it was the ingredients in chopped liver which include eggs or the way the ingredients were prepared.

Salmonella causes diarrhoea and vomiting, but can be treated with antibiotics. It can be fatal for vulnerable people, such as the elderly.



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