E coli outbreak14th August 2007
An outbreak of E.coli has caused the death of a 66-year old woman in Paisley, Renfrewshire.
The woman's 72-year-old husband and five more people in the same area have been given treatment for the E coli 0157 strain.
The woman, who was disabled, died on Monday morning in the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. Her husband, described as "seriously ill", is being treated in Glasgow. Morrisons said they were "deeply saddened" about the death and the outbreak.
NHS representatives have linked the source of the outbreak to cold meat purchased from two Morrisons in Lonend and Falside Road. The company said they had removed the meat "as a precautionary measure" from sale at the two stores.
The store said that any customer who had purchased cold meat products from the stores should not eat them. They also confirmed that no other stores were affected by the outbreak.
E coli 0157 is usually contracted from eating infected food or drink products. The bug can incubate in the body from around one day to two weeks.
Dr Syed Ahmed, head of the outbreak control team, said they had "moved very swiftly last night to alert the public to take the precautionary action of not consuming the food identified."
He said the supermarket was helping his team with their investigation.
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Title: E coli outbreak
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 3730
Date Added: 14th Aug 2007