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Irish Affected by Botulism Outbreak in Bordeaux, HSE Confirms

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has officially confirmed that several Irish individuals have fallen victim to a botulism outbreak in the French city of Bordeaux.

This alarming situation prompted the French health ministry to issue a warning after detecting ten cases linked to the city earlier this week. Regrettably, one fatality has been attributed to the outbreak, and a total of 12 cases have been identified.

The outbreak appears to be centred around home-preserved canned sardines, which were served at the Tchin Tchin Wine Bar as part of their tapas food offerings.

The city recently hosted Ireland’s inaugural match of the Rugby World Cup.

However, on Wednesday afternoon, The Irish Times reported that at least one Irish individual was under treatment for a suspected case of botulism, receiving intensive care in a Spanish hospital.

In an official statement released on Wednesday evening, the Health Service Executive (HSE) confirmed that a limited number of Irish citizens have been impacted by the botulism outbreak and are currently “receiving appropriate care in France.”

A spokesperson for the HSE strongly advised individuals who consumed sardines at the affected bar between Monday, September 4, and Sunday, September 10, and who are experiencing any health concerns, to “promptly seek urgent medical attention at an emergency department.”

HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) Director, Dr. Greg Martin, stressed that this guidance applies exclusively to those who consumed sardines at the establishment during the specified timeframe, and there are no other scenarios in which individuals could be affected by this incident.

Dr. Martin further explained that the HPSC was alerted to this outbreak on Tuesday by French authorities through established mechanisms for the exchange of health threat information.

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