Warm weather cause highest salmonella levels in 5 years in Scotland
Warmer weather could be the reason why Scotland is
experiencing a 70% increase in Salmonella cases - the highest figures since
According to Health Protection Scotland, there were 223 cases of stomach
bug reported in the first 4 month of this year, compared 133 during the same
period last year. Some experts believe the milder weather is likely to have
caused this increase.
A microbiology lecturer at Cambridge University, Dr Pietro Mastroeni, says
that the unusual warm weather experienced over the last few weeks has meant that
more people are having barbecues, which increased the risk of food not being
"It's quite significant. It's usually the barbecue season when we see an
increase, but it's a bit early in the year. The warmer weather could be a
factor," he says, adding that when meat is cooked on a barbeque, the bacteria is
mixed into the centre of the meat, and if it's undercooked it can cause disease.
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