Since June, officials with Public Health England have reported 165 cases of a particular strain of Salmonella Typhimurium which have been linked to lamb and mutton, prompting them to remind people to take care when handling raw meat and to cook it properly.
They report seeing an increase in cases of this particular type of salmonella in July 2017. A number of control measures were put into place which led to a significant decline in cases at the end of that year. A total of 118 cases were reported up until May 2018.
However, the same control measures have not led to a decline in cases in the current surge in cases.
Nick Phin, Deputy Director, National Infection Service, PHE said:
The likely cause of the increased numbers of this specific strain of Salmonella Typhimurium is considered to be meat or cross-contamination with meat from affected sheep.
People can be infected with Salmonella Typhimurium in a number of ways such as not cooking their meat properly, not washing hands thoroughly after handling raw meat, or through cross-contamination with other food, surfaces, and utensils in the kitchen.
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