Malta still clear of cases of diarrhoea caused by E. Coli
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The government has said that on the 25 May 2011 an outbreak of E. Coli become apparent in northern Germany. Some isolated cases have now been identified in other EU countries. The main presenting features are bloody diarrhoea which in some instances has led to the development of serious complications resulting in infections and even deaths. The source and vehicle of transmission of the infection have to date not been established.
No cases of diarrhoea caused by E. Coli have been reported in Malta this year to date.
The Public Health Regulation Department advises that anyone having bloody diarrhoea especially if related to a recent travel history to North Germany should seek medical attention immediately.
Although there is no cause for alarm, thorough cleansing of fresh fruit and vegetables and normal hand hygiene are strongly recommended.
The Health Department is monitoring the local and international situation and will inform the general public accordingly.