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Salmonella outbreak is reported in Britain

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LONDON, Oct 06, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- British health officials say more than 350 people have suffered salmonella Newport poisoning since September.

Britain's Health Protection Agency, which usually sees about 150 cases of the Newport strain of salmonella each year, confirmed Wednesday more than 350 cases had been reported this year, the Daily Mail said.

The agency suggested the cause of the outbreak might be fast-food or catering operations that are not hygienic.

Salmonella Newport produces the same symptoms as other strains of salmonella, including diarrhea, vomiting and fever. It is usually spread by undercooked food or cross-contamination from raw foods in a kitchen.

While the most common source of Salmonella Newport infection is chicken and turkey, an outbreak in 2001 was caused by lettuce.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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