Salmonella in Spain: 50 UK holidaymakers hit

Brett Gibbons and James Rodger of Birmingham Live report that more than 50 people have been struck by salmonella in Majorca.

Holidaymakers are among those affected by the outbreak of the deadly food poisoning on the holiday island.

A La Liga footballer, who plays for Real Mallorca, is among those affected.

The player has not been named.

The outbreak comes after a listeria epidemic, which affected hundreds in the Andalusia region on the Spanish mainland.

The source of the Majorca salmonella outbreak is believed to be linked to a Japanese restaurant in the island capital of Palma, reports WalesOnline.

It has since been closed as a preventative measure.

The first cases were reported last week, according to the local Ultima Hora newspaper.

Emergency units on the island received several patients reporting food poisoning symptoms after eating at the restaurant, which as then identified as the source of the illness.

The Balearic Islands’ public health department says the number of cases could rise even higher because some are not reported immediately when initial symptoms are less severe.

Proceedings against the restaurant have been opened by local government bodies.

Thousands of British holidaymakers visit Majorca each year with many heading to resorts like Magaluf and Palma Nova that are just a short bus or taxi ride from the capital.