People taking advantage of the hot weather to cook and eat outdoors were told yesterday to take extra care amid a sharp increase in the number of cases of E. coli.
Householders were also reminded to ensure food was being kept in adequate conditions.
A total of 96 VTEC E. coli infections have been recorded in the past ten days, more than three times higher than recorded at the same time last year. VTEC are a type of E. coli that can live in the gut of healthy cattle and sheep. The bacteria are a common cause of food poisoning which can lead to serious complications.