Mother of Scots Bakery Hep. A victim comments on spread of infection

As the number of confirmed cases of hepatitis A linked to a bakery in North Lanarkshire soars to 42, the mother of one of the victims has expressed serious concerns over the spread of the infection.

JB Christie bakery in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, closed temporarily after public health officials identified several people who had fallen ill after eating food produced at its outlets.

Craig Stewart, 20, from North Lanarkshire was hospitalised after eating produce from JB Christie. Craig’s mother, Margaret, is a nurse and described her son’s rapid decline in health:

“Craig is a fit, young boy but he went rapidly downhill. We thought it was just the flu but he couldn’t shake it and he got worse and worse. It was horrible seeing my son so unwell. He got so bad we had to rush him to the hospital and he has now been admitted to hospital on two occasions.”

“People who’ve eaten something from the bakery and now feel ill need to make sure they’re not spreading the infection to their family and friends. Anyone who becomes unwell needs to make sure they see a doctor as soon as possible.”

“I was worried the infection could spread to other members of the family so I made sure they have all now been immunised – including my 12 year-old daughter.”

“I’m a nurse and I’ve not been cleared to go back to work yet.”

Lawyer for the victims, Laura McGee of NewLaw Scotland, commented:

“Public Health has forecast that the number of secondary victims of this outbreak will rise in the coming days.”

“It is entirely understandable that local people are concerned about this outbreak. I’d urge all victims of the Hepatitis A scandal to seek legal advice to find out their rights. Anyone affected should call us on 0141 225 4794.”

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