E coli outbreak at Belfast restaurant

Published Saturday, 13 October 2012
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A Belfast restaurant has voluntarily closed after an outbreak of E. coli.

E coli outbreak at Belfast restaurant
Flicks restaurant is at Cityside Mall on Belfast's York Street. (© UTV)

Ten confirmed or suspected cases of food poisoning that have been identified are linked to Flicks in Cityside Mall at York Street in the city.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Environmental Health Officers are investigating the outbreak.

E. coli food poisoning occurs most often when undercooked beef, especially in mince, burgers and meatballs, is eaten.

The management of Flicks have voluntarily closed the premises and are cooperating with the investigation.

Public Health Consultant Dr Michael Devine said: "The Escherichia coli bacteria is commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals.

"There are many different types of E. coli, and while some live in the intestine quite harmlessly, others may cause a variety of diseases. The bacterium is found in faeces and can survive in the environment.

"Symptoms caused by E. coli O157 can include diarrhoea, which can range from mild to profuse watery or bloody diarrhoea, tummy cramps, nausea or vomiting."

Anyone who has eaten at Flicks restaurant since 24 September and has diarrhoea or abdominal pain is advised to contact their GP.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Annadurai in Glasgow wrote (831 days ago):
@Stevie: Stevie, you need to make sure that you drink plenty of water (Boiled) and avoid food outside. Stick to clean carbohydrates (fresh produce) and clean your hands, toilet properly. Avoid eating meat for few days until you recover.
Nicola in London wrote (834 days ago):
Maybe it's time to tell to everybody - you can't eat uncoocked meat! You can not eat rare or meadium meat, because you never know what's in it. Not all meat is good meat is good meat grom good and honest farmer!
stevie in belfast wrote (838 days ago):
I ate a burger and chips there with my partner on the thursday and had the runs to the toilet all day friday, and never put 2 qnd 2 together, what would be my next course of action? its a bit concerning
big c in falls wrote (838 days ago):
paul you are a hero
Paul in belfast wrote (839 days ago):
I warned the PHA about this outbreak on 22nd August, I had eaten in this restaurant last 19th of August and was admitted to hospital on 21st of August with E.Coli 0157 strain, so what kept the public health agency in finding this did 11 more people have to get sick ??
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