Jersey suffers salmonella outbreak

More than 60 people on Jersey have developed symptoms of salmonella in the past week in a suspected outbreak.

The food poisoning can last up to seven days and can be very serious for young people, the elderly and people with a poor immune system.

Jersey health officials said anyone who suspected they had salmonella should take plenty of fluids.

Val Cameron, the Head of Health Protection Services, said summer barbeques was the likely cause.

She said indications so far suggested that the current strain was not as harmful as some.

"Food poisoning is usually mild, and most people get better within a week," she said.

"But sometimes it can be more severe, even deadly, so it's important to take the risks seriously."

The department of health is expecting the number of people infected to rise as the hot weather continues.

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