Saffron Walden venue illness outbreak could be a virus

PUBLISHED: 10:08 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:09 24 November 2016

Environmental health officials from Uttlesford District Council (offices pictured) are investigating. Picture: SaffronPhoto

Environmental health officials from Uttlesford District Council (offices pictured) are investigating. Picture: SaffronPhoto

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A winter vomiting bug is being considered by environmental health officials as part of an investigation into an outbreak of illness following an event at a Saffron Walden venue.

We reported last week how Uttlesford District Council officers were working with Quendon Hall after a number of people fell ill following a charity event at the venue on November 11 – with some guests claiming food poisoning was to blame.

Although investigators said it was too early to tell what caused the illness among Willberry Ball guests, the venue says early indications suggest a seasonal virus.

A Quendon Hall spokeswoman said: “All the evidence so far, and the timing of the onset of the symptoms, is indicative of norovirus or the winter vomiting bug.

“Additionally, a number of people have been unwell who did not actually eat anything at the venue.

“At this stage, nothing can be confirmed or ruled out.”

The venue has pledged to keep affected people up-to-date and wished them a speedy recovery.

A council spokesman said: “Our Environmental Health team is aware of a reported incident at a local venue and is currently investigating the potential cause in conjunction with the venue owners and the event organiser.”

Quendon Hall was given a five-star hygiene rating – the best possible – following an inspection in June this year.

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