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More cases of E coli expected

15th August 2011

Public Health Wales has said that the amount of E coli cases in south east Wales is expected to increase.


There have already been seven cases of food poisoning in the region and three people have been admitted to hospital.

The condition of the hospital patients has been described as "stable".

Health officials said the number of cases may rise because "people can be slow to go to the doctor".

Adonis Kebab House on City Road has been shut down by Cardiff Council and a control team has been organised to deal with the situation.

The team consists of Public Health Wales along with Rhonda Cynon Taf, Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff councils.

The type of E coli involved in the outbreak can cause stomach cramps, bloody diarrhoea and fever.

In severe cases dehydration can lead to kidney failure.

Dr Gwen Lowe, consultant in communicable disease control at Public Health Wales, and chair of the outbreak control team, told BBC Radio Wales they took the outbreak "extremely seriously".

"On Thursday precautionary action was taken by Cardiff council and a premise was closed on a precautionary basis," she said.

"Behind the scenes there is an awful lot of follow-up investigation, methodical sifting through evidence, looking at the situation to find out exactly what may have gone on." 


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