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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Watermelons believed to be the Source to deadly salmonella outbreak that has killed one and left 33 ill in UK

One person has died and at least 33 more have fallen ill from salmonella poisoning that is believed to be linked to eating imported watermelons.

The sufferers, aged from six months to 85, have all fallen ill since December. The number of cases is three times higher than is normally expected in a two-month period.

The one person to die had been suffering from a number of underlying health problems.

The same strain of the bug - called Salmonella Newport - has been identified in five food poisoning cases in Ireland and another 15 in Germany.

Details of the outbreak were revealed by Britain’s Health Protection Agency(HPA), which is investigating the source alongside the Food Standards Agency(FSA). Read More

CONFIRMED CASES

• England - 26
• Wales - 3
• Northern Ireland - 1
• Scotland - 4
• Republic of Ireland - 5
• Germany – 15