Belfast Telegraph

130 cases confirmed in E coli outbreak

By Anna Maguire

There are 130 cases of E coli in Northern’s Ireland’s worst outbreak, the Public Health Agency (PHA) has confirmed.

The number of cases in the unprecedented outbreak continues to rise since it came to light on October 11.

By 3pm yesterday afternoon, there were 130 confirmed cases and 163 probable cases affected by the bacteria-caused illness, the PHA said.

Flicks restaurant in north Belfast, which has been linked to the E coli outbreak, closed voluntarily on October 11.

The number of probable cases is levelling off as fewer new reports come forward, the public health authority added.

Dr Carolyn Harper, director of Public Health at the PHA, added: “This is a complex, evolving and detailed investigation and all aspects of the outbreak are being examined thoroughly.”

The PHA has advised anyone who has eaten at Flicks restaurant since September 24 and has symptoms of diarrhoea — particularly bloody diarrhoea — and/or abdominal pain, to contact their GP urgently for medical advice.

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