Danger...salmonella bacteria extended to 17 areas

Over 50 people, including four children, have fallen ill on the Northside after the suspected outbreak

Danger...salmonella bacteria (Photo: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/PA)

Health inspectors investigating the deadly salmonella outbreak believe 50 people became ill with the bug across 17 areas in north Dublin.

Over 50 people, including four children, have fallen ill on the Northside after the suspected outbreak.

Dr Kevin Kelleher, of the HSE, said that he could not comment on individual patients, but confirmed it was now believed that people became ill in 17 different areas where food was served - reports the Irish Independent.

The bug was reported just a week after a Dublin mum died of salmonella on May 14.

Sandra Murphy O' Brien is understood to have died from food poisoning believed to have been caused by salmonella.

HSE chiefs have shut down the kitchens of a Pormarnock pub as they investigate the case - and try to confirm whether salmonella was to blame.

It is understood several other people at the private party fell ill and were hospitalised.

Sandra Murphy O’Brien (Photo: Facebook/Sloggers to Joggers)

Dr Kelleher said the bug was confined to north Dublin - though it is one of the most serious outbreaks in the last 10 years in terms of the numbers infected.

He said: "We are trying to make sure there are no further cases."

"People who have got salmonella can spread it either in food preparation or in person-to-person contact. Therefore we give advice on what needs to be done," he added.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland and the HSE are working together to get to the bottom of the incident.

An investigation is ongoing and an outbreak control team has been set up

The most recent case of food poisoning was reported at the end of last week.

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