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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Mum's 'salmonella' death investigated

Salmonella bacteria
Salmonella bacteria

The HSE and the Food Safety Authority have launched a joint investigation into a suspected outbreak of food poisoning following the death of a Dublin mother in her 50s at the weekend.

The kitchens of a venue in north Dublin have also been shut down by the HSE pending an investigation into the suspected salmonella outbreak.

It is understood a number of people were taken ill after a private party and treated in hospital for salmonella poisoning.

Illness

The woman is said to have attended a first Communion party with members of her wider family at the weekend.

She was then found dead at her home on Sunday by her husband.

Other family members and visitors to the party reported bouts of serious illness.

Staff at the venue yesterday confirmed the kitchens of the premises had been closed because of a "health scare".

A company has the franchise to provide food at the pub and also provides an off-site catering service. The HSE issued a statement to the Herald saying it is investigating an outbreak of food poisoning due to salmonella in north Dublin and is liaising with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

"An outbreak control team has been formed and an investigation is ongoing," the statement added.

"Members of the public should contact their GP if they have any concerns regarding their health."

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland also confirmed it is liaising with the HSE regarding an investigation into a recent food poisoning outbreak due to salmonella in north Dublin.

"The investigation is ongoing. There is no further update at this time," it said.

The woman who died was in her mid-50s and described locally as a fitness fanatic.

She is understood not to have been suffering any underlying health conditions at the time of her death.

Her family are shocked at her death, and the family that hosted the party is said to be distraught, although it did not prepare the food.

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