Infectious Disease Control
The service investigates infectious diseases and food borne illnesses, including but not limited to the following;
- Ecoli 0157
Many cases of food borne illness are contracted abroad, particularly during holiday periods, however, some illnesses can be contracted locally, either through eating from a food business, attending events such as birthday parties and weddings and attending BBQ's.
Some illnesses are waterborne and therefore can be contracted by paddling/playing and swimming in rivers, lakes and streams, or by participating in water sports.
Other sources of contamination are from petting zoos and farms where handwashing facilities are not readily available.
If you suspect you have an infectious disease or are suffering from a food borne illness, in the first instance you should seek medical advice. In the case of food borne illnesses it is likely that your doctor will ask you to provide a stool sample to be sent away for analysis. Any +ve results for a food borne illness would be notified to us through Public Health England.
If you have attended an event, such as a birthday party or wedding, and a number of people in the party are suffering from food poisoning symptoms, and the venue in in our area, contact us at the earliest opportunity after seeking medical advice.
Telephone number: 01287 612406