An international investigation has been launched after an outbreak of a rare form of salmonella in Scotland, believed to have been brought back by people who had been on holiday in Majorca. According to Helen Puttick, health correspondent, 36 patients north of the border have fallen ill with salmonella goldcoast. Early inquiries suggest many of the sufferers have recently returned from holidays on the Mediterranean island.

Initial inquiries among Scottish sufferers who had visited the island found they fell ill between September 25 and October 11. The patients had stayed in a number of different towns throughout Majorca. Experts are now preparing a questionnaire asking patients about their holiday to Majorca, including where they stayed and the food they ate.