Posted by: rowenawilcox | February 25, 2010

8 patients with Salmonella at Royal Gwent Hospital

Investigations have begun at the Royal Gwent Hospital after eight patients contracted salmonella.

Health officials are keen to see where the bacterial infection came from at the Newport hospital.

At this stage it is still possible the patients caught the bug before being admitted to the Royal Gwent and GPs in the area have been alerted.

The bug is linked to food poisoning caused by contaminated foods and according to NHS Direct: “Salmonella bacteria are often found in raw meat and poultry. They can also be passed into dairy products such as eggs and unpasteurised milk.”

Symptoms range from vomiting and fever to severe diarrhoea and abdominal pain and the bug can be passed from person to person.

In a statement, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, one of the health boards investigating, said: “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,” he added.

Most cases of food poisoning do not require medical attention.  But contact your GP or telephone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 if you  are worried or think you may be affected.

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