Hundreds of Brits hit with Salmonella

By Bethan Grylls

- Last updated on GMT

There's been a big Salmonella outbreak in Turkey affecting British travellers. Credit: Getty/byakkaya
There's been a big Salmonella outbreak in Turkey affecting British travellers. Credit: Getty/byakkaya

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More than 200 cases of Salmonella have been identified by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in travellers returning from Turkey.

The multi-cluster outbreak between 15 January and 19 July 2023, the agency says there have been 241 confirmed cases with Salmonella Enteritidis infection. Many of these have been linked to the Antalya region.

Fifty-six percent of cases in these clusters are male and the median age of those affected is 29 years old.

The strains of Salmonella were detected using whole genome sequencing (WGS), a technique which can be used to establish the order of ‘bases’ in an organism. All organisms have these bases, which make up their unique genetic code.

WGS enables scientists to see differences and these genomic data alongside other information can be used to determine which illnesses are part of an outbreak, as well as which ingredients are responsible, geographical regions effected and so on.

The UKHSA has gathered detailed and confirmed information for 93 cases so far, ascertaining that those impacted (in these specific cases) stayed in a number of different hotels across Turkey, eating a variety of foods within their resort as part of an all-inclusive holiday package.

Although pinpointed to Turkey, the source of the outbreak has not yet been determined. The UKHSA is liaising with travel association, ABTA; Turkish public health authorities; and other international public health partners.

UKHSA is also working with the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) to ensure appropriate advice is in place for UK travellers.

Ahead of the school summer holidays and in an effort to reduce gastrointestinal infections, UKHSA is reminding people to wash their hands thoroughly, especially after using the toilet and before preparing or eating food.

Gastrointestinal illness can be more severe for pregnant people, adults aged 65+, children aged 5 years or under, and people with underlying health conditions and weakened immune systems.

Meanwhile, Hawkstone Cider owned by TV personality Jeremy Clarkson has issued a warning that some of its cider has been over-fermented and may be subject to explode​. 

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Posted by Ally,

Has there been any cases in hisarano we returned last Wednesday morning 26th and by the Friday 3 out of 6 of us have been poorly with all the symptoms of salmonella.

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Posted by A smith,

I went to Antalya on the 21st June -2nd July in a family group of 9 plus an infant and on the last day we all were struck with sickness and diarrhoea my dad collapsed at the airport and had to go to hospital and go on a drip. We were all in and out of the toilet on the flight home and I was terribly poorly and couldn’t keep anything in for a week.

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Posted by Gareth Padmore,

I came back from the Antalya area on 6th June, on my 3rd day out there I got what I thought was food poisoning and it lasted for two weeks.
Looking at the symptoms of salmonella it may well have been that, is there any way of testing this long after if it was?

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