An outbreak of Salmonella has been confirmed following the Street Spice Food festival held in NewCastle's Times Square from February 28 to March 2. The event, arranged in aid of Brain Tumour UK, involved 16 businesses and nearly 12,000 people attended the festival.
According to Newcastle City Council and the Health Protection Agency, preliminary tests on four people taken ill after the event had confirmed Salmonella. More than 200 people have reported symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. People took to social media to report their sickness.
Stephen Savage, director of regulatory services and public protection at Newcastle City Council, announced that they are working closely with the event organizers to identify the source of the outbreak. The director has urged the people with symptoms to contact them.
Affected people are advised to avoid going to work until the symptoms subside. In most cases, treatment is not required and normal health is restored within 4 to 7 days.