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Barbecues blamed for stomach bugs rise.

DOCTORS are blaming barbecues for an increase in the number of food poisoning cases on Merseyside. People are being urged to ensure they prepare and cook food properly as the summer sunshine continues.

The number of cases of bacterial food poisoning in Merseyside is usually between one and nine a week,but 21 cases have been reported together.

The infection peaks in spring and summer and symptoms are similar to salmonella, with abdominal pain and nausea, fever and diarrhoea.

Dr John Curnow, consultant in communicable disease control with the Cheshire and Merseyside health protection team, said barbecues were to blame.

He said: ``Just after we got the first weeks of lovely sun, we had a huge peak in the number of cases.

``There was a very noticeable peak.

``It starts with a feeling of nausea and is associated with raw food,particularly chicken.''
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Date:Aug 18, 2003
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