Urgent warning over salmonella outbreak – the six signs to watch out for.
Around 81 cases have been detected in people infected, and one person has died, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) says.
The infections form a wider outbreak of the bug, where 196 cases have been recorded in Europe, Israel, and parts of the UK.
The organization said “several” food distributors could have passed on the bug.
And new cases are “likely to occur” until a “common source” is pinpointed.
Prof Paul Wigley, who has expertise in animal, and microbial ecosystems at the University of Bristol, said it is “unclear” and difficult to say which type of chicken people should avoid, either fresh or pre-cooked.
He warned: “However, given both the risk of salmonella and more frequently campylobacter, another food poisoning bacterium, on raw chicken, it should be handled with care and hygienic practice in the kitchen, and all poultry meat should be thoroughly cooked before consumption.
Salmonella bacteria is found in the digestive systems of chickens and passed onto humans who eat infected chicken meat.
An estimated 8,000-10,000 cases are recorded annually in England and Wales.
There are more than 2,000 types of the bug, many of which cause food poisoning in humans and even deaths in young children, elderly people, and those with weaker immune systems.
Dr. Lesley Larkin of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said cases have come from “different parts of the UK.”
She said: “We are working with colleagues of other affected countries alongside ECDC to identify the source of the outbreak.”
The NHS says there are six symptoms of food poisoning, which include
- feeling sick (nausea)
- stomach cramp
- a high temperature of 38C or above
- feeling generally unwell or tired, aches and chills
Within a few days after eating the food that caused the infection, these symptoms can emerge but can emerge after a few hours or not for a few weeks.