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Eight with salmonella in Newport's Royal Gwent Hospital

Salmonella bacterium
Some of the eight showed symptoms of the bug when admitted to hospital

Health officials in Newport are investigating eight cases of salmonella at the city's Royal Gwent Hospital.

A hospital spokesman said it was not yet clear whether those suffering from the bacterial infection had caught it in the community or in hospital.

GPs in the area have been contacted to alert them to the possibility the bug may be present in the community.

Salmonella is usually associated with eating contaminated foods. The eight people are said to be recovering well.

Some showed symptoms of the illness when they came into hospital but others did not, the spokesman said.

The cases are being investigated by Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Public Health Wales and Newport council's environmental health department.

In a statement, the health board said: "We are contacting local GPs to alert them to the possibility of salmonella in patients presenting from the community with symptoms.

Contaminated foods

"Members of the public should continue to access healthcare in the usual way through NHS Direct or their own GP.

"The patients that have been tested positive are all recovering well."

Salmonella can be caught from contaminated foods or through person-to-person spread.

The symptoms can range from mild to severe and usually include watery or bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and fever.

The health advised anyone with those symptoms to contact their GP or NHS Direct Wales for advice.

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