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Further case of E.coli confirmed

Morrisons in Lonend, Paisley
The infection could have come from two Morrisons stores in Paisley

Health officials have confirmed a further case of the deadly E.coli infection which has been connected to two supermarkets in Scotland.

Dr Sayed Ahmed told a Glasgow press conference a Paisley woman had been taken to hospital in Ireland.

The public health consultant said she had eaten cold meat from one of two Morrisons stores in Paisley.

A 66-year-old disabled woman has died and her husband is seriously ill following the outbreak of E.coli O157.

The new case confirmed in the Republic of Ireland was the eighth victim of the infection linked to the stores in Lonend and Falside Road.

'Staff screening'

Dr Ahmed said it was still "early days" so could not yet say whether the outbreak was over.

Officials urged anyone who had consumed cold meat from either store in the past couple of weeks and had suffered stomach cramps, diarrhoea (often bloody), nausea or fever to visit their GP.

Dr Ahmed said it was testament to the "type of intelligence we have across the UK and Ireland" that a further case was identified.

Morrisons in Falside Road Paisley
Samples have been taken from both Morrisons stores

He said that although there was not yet any conclusive evidence, cold cooked meat from the two Morrisons stores were still the most likely vehicle of infection.

However, he added that no other food, from Morrisons or elsewhere, had been implicated.

Dr Ahmed added that extensive samples had been taken from both stores and the lines of the food chain supply were being thoroughly investigated.

Environmental health officers from Renfrewshire Council were interviewing all Morrisons staff who had contact with the delicatessen counters and screening of employees was being arranged.

Dr Ahmed said one of the hospitalised patients was showing encouraging signs of improvement at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley, and the other hospitalised patient remained serious but stable in the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow.

Morrisons said cold meats had been withdrawn from the two stores.

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