SSE Hydro E.Coli Outbreak: Glasgow Authorities Urged To Keep Public Updated As Cases Increase To 21

Illness Problems Linked To Events Across Three Days At Venue


Health authorities in Glasgow have been urged by legal experts who specialise in helping victims of illness outbreaks across the globe to ensure that the public are kept fully informed on the progress of investigations into the E.Coli O157 outbreak which has been linked to the SSE Hydro venue.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has revealed that 21 confirmed cases of the illness have now been linked to events at the venue on the 17th, 18th and 19th January this year.

The body is continuing to work with other health boards, Health Protection Scotland, the Food Standards Agency and Glasgow City Council to investigate the cases, which have been linked to the consumption of burgers at the site.

While NHSGGC has stated that it is unlikely to see further cases emerge due to the incubation period of the illness, Irwin Mitchell’s specialist illness lawyers have called on authorities to continue to keep the public completely updated and informed in relation to the progress of investigations.

The team of experts have helped thousands of people to secure justice in relation to illness outbreaks at holiday resorts, on cruise ships, and in the United Kingdom, and are representing victims of fatal outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in Stoke and Edinburgh in 2012.

Expert Opinion
Through our work helping victims of E.Coli O157 in the past, we have seen first-hand the huge impact it can have on victims. It is a serious illness which can leave those infected with long-term health problems from which they may never fully recover.

"The symptoms and the effect can be particularly severe amongst children and the elderly.

"Because of this, it is very concerning to see the number of cases linked to the SSE Hydro venue increase and those affected will be frustrated and desperate for answers as to why they have fallen ill.

"It is imperative that authorities continue to keep victims informed regarding the progress of investigations, but also the wider public who may be concerned about what is being done to prevent such problems emerging again in the future.

"Transparency is key if public trust is not going to be undermined as a result of the problems and we hope that the authorities involved in assessing the situation continue to coordinate effectively, with the ultimate aim of preventing such incidents from being repeated."
Amandeep Dhillon, Partner