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DOCTORS WARN RISE OF PARASITIC INFECTIONS LINKED TO SUSHI

 Doctors writing in the British Medical Journal Case Reports said sushi’s growing popularity in the West could be linked to a rise in parasitic infections.

A team of doctors from Portugal raised concerns after a 32-year old man was admitted to hospital complaining of pain in his abdomen just below his ribs, vomiting and had a slight fever since the previous week.

ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH FORUM HAILED A SUCCESS

The year’s Annual Environmental Health Forum was held in Greenock on 26 and 27 April. The Forum seen public health bodies and industry coming together in the interests of “Building Better Futures” which was the theme of the event.

The event was held in the Beacon Art Centre which provided a beautiful backdrop as the room overlooked views of the Firth of Clyde.

The first day seen a fully packed day of speakers. First speaker Dr De Caestecker, Director of Public Health at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde discussed what actions are needed to tackle health inequalities.

HEPATITIS A CASES IN LANARKSHIRE UPDATE

Hepatitis A cases in Lanarkshire Update A reminder regarding the importance of good hand hygiene has come from NHS Lanarkshire’s department of public health, environmental health and other agencies as part of the investigation and management of a hepatitis A outbreak.

The number of confirmed cases has increased from nine to 42.

Most of the cases recall having consumed food produced by the baker JB Christie before mid-April, through its outlets in Airdrie and Coatbridge.

CONCERNS OVER FOOD CROSS CONTAMINATION IN ABERDEEN HOSPITAL

Inspections carried out by Environmental Health Officers from Aberdeen City Council found several instances of potential cross contamination at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in their main production kitchen.

ROAD TRAFFIC REMAINS BIGGEST SOURCE OF NOISE POLLUTION IN EUROPE

According to a new assessment published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), road traffic is by far the largest source of noise pollution in Europe, with an estimated 100 million Europeans affected by harmful levels.

The EEA briefing ‘Managing exposure to noise in Europe’ provides updated estimates of the numbers of people exposed to noise in Europe. It also provides an update on the measures being taken by EU member states in addressing noise issues.

LAND CONTAMINATION GUIDANCE DOCUMENT OPEN FOR CONSULTATION

The Land Quality Expert Advisory Group (EAG) of Environmental Protection Scotland have launched their guidance publication “Introduction to land contamination and development management” which is now open for consultation until 29th June.

CONSULTATION ON THE DRAFT WATER INTENDED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (PRIVATE SUPPLIES) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2017

The Scottish Ministers are consulting to gather views on draft regulations for Private Water Supplies in order deliver the requirements of the Drinking Water Directive as amended (Directive (EU) 2015/1787) for larger private water supplies. These changes need to be transposed by 27 October 2017.

AVIAN INFLUENZA PREVENTION ZONE LIFTED

The Scottish Government has confirmed that the avian influenza prevention zone covering Scotland was lifted on the 30th April.

The prevention zone required bird keepers in all areas of Scotland to put in placed enhanced biosecurity measures prior to letting their birds outside, in order to reduce the risk of disease.

The ban on shows and gatherings of poultry, waterfowl and game bird will remain in force until 15 May, when a new general license will come into force.

HEPATITIS A CASES IN LANARKSHIRE

On 29 April, North Lanarkshire Council Environmental Health announced that it, along with NHS Lanarkshire’s Department of Public Health and other agencies, was investigating nine confirmed and nine suspected cases of hepatitis A in North Lanarkshire.

All the patients, who were treated as Monklands Hospital, were "well and responding to treatment".

FIRST IN SCOTLAND FOR VEHICLE EMISSIONS SCHEME

The first scheme in Scotland to use NASA technology to monitor vehicle emissions has been launched.

The Vehicle Emissions Partnership, which is made up of West Lothian, East Lothian, Midlothian and Falkirk councils, aims to reduce harmful vehicle emissions by educating drivers about the impact their cars have on of air pollution.

They have undertaken a pilot scheme using state-of the-art remote detection Emissions Detecting and Reporting (EDAR) technology in sites in Edinburgh, Broxburn in West Lothian and are assisting with set up in Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire.

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