From their replies and other data, SCIEH
worked out that mousse served at a party as the ship left Bremehaven was the cause.
Dr Jim McMenamin, of SCIEH
, said: 'We know there is a very good match between this year's vaccine and what we are expecting to come along.
figures show 764 patients contracted MRSA blood infections and became seriously ill in the last year.
The Food Standards Agency is working with SCIEH
but experts say it has not been established whether the source of salmonella bareilly bug is food-borne.
Dr Colin Ramsay of SCIEH
said the consequences could have been more serious.
Dr John Cowden,a consultant epidemiologist at the SCIEH
, said: "Even though the disease is relatively trivial it can have severe effects on the running of hospitals.
The high-profile SCIEH
is responsible for monitoring the spread of infectious diseases in Scotland - which includes everything from measles and chickenpox to HIV and the superbug MRSA.
Professor David Goldberg, deputy director of SCIEH
, said politicians must at least examine the possibility of mass vaccination.
Public health consultants used SCIEH
tests to determine which strain will cause misery this year.
Dr Peter Christie, of the SCIEH
, said: "We expect it to get worse.
consultant Dr Peter Christie said: "The new vaccine offers the hope that we will be able to protect children from this form of meningitis."
A bulletin yesterday from the SCIEH
said: "The large number of delayed reports were identified as a consequence of a comprehensive case-finding exercise which was conducted during the year."