Salmonella cases rise after spice festival outbreak

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More people have tested positive for salmonella following a sickness outbreak linked by health officials to a spicy food street festival.

The total affected with sickness and diarrhoea has risen from 200 to 250 since figures were released after the Street Spice event last week in Newcastle.

Health officials said that eight people had tested positive for salmonella, which has doubled from the four announced on Thursday.

Newcastle City Council is trying to identify the source of the sickness which has struck down some of the 12,000 people who attended the event.

Officials want anyone who was there, whether they fell ill or not, to complete a confidential online questionnaire at http://tinyurl.com/streetspice.

Stephen Savage, director of regulatory services and public protection, said: “The event organisers are cooperating fully and we are continuing to investigate the source of the outbreak. Please can anyone with symptoms contact the city council on 0191 278 7878.”

Dr Kirsty Foster, of the Health Protection Agency and chair of the outbreak control team, said: “Initial investigations have not yet identified a definite source of infection however we are working closely with the organisers of the event to determine the source of infection.

“Anyone concerned about symptoms suggesting salmonella infection should contact their GP or out of hours service in the first instance. Those affected should not return to work until symptoms have ceased for 48 hours.”

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