Belfast Telegraph

E.coli outbreak in city contained

Northern Ireland's E.coli outbreak has been contained, the Stormont Health committee has been told.

Maria Jennings from the Food Standards Agency said the source of crisis has still not been established but health officials were following definite lines of inquiry.

"We are confident there are no implications for the wider food chain," Ms Jennings said.

Almost 300 people have been affected by the outbreak linked to Flicks restaurant. In its most recent update the Public Health Agency (PHA) said there were 124 confirmed cases and 166 probable cases of E.coli.

The PHA said increase was not unexpected but was the result of probable cases being confirmed after testing.

"The number of probable cases is levelling off as fewer new reports are coming forward," a statement said.

The recent outbreak of E.coli has been described as the worst seen in Northern Ireland.

Management at the restaurant in the Cityside Mall complex in Belfast voluntarily closed the premises on October 11 and have been co-operating with an investigation by the PHA and environmental health officers from Belfast City Council.

To date 18 people have been taken to hospital after contracting the illness but the majority have been discharged.

The health committee also heard that E.coli 0157 Type 54 is rare but is not as dangerous as other strains of the bug.

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