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Saturday, August 20, 2011

UK : E.coli alert shuts hospital nursery

Article via Darlington and Stockton Times :

" HEALTH bosses were last night trying to reassure parents after a suspected outbreak of E.coli at a hospital day nursery.

Twenty-five children attending the Playdays nursery at The James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, became ill with diarrhoea. Tests showed five had contracted the bug.

E.coli is a relatively rare form of gastroenteritis causing abdominal pain, sickness and diarrhoea.

It is usually caught from contaminated food.

The Health Protection Agency in the North-East is investigating the outbreak. The nursery has been closed until August 30.

Of the five children diagnosed, one is still in hospital and three have been discharged following hospital treatment.

South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, has been contacting parents of children who attend the nursery, which was closed on August 12 to allow the trust to deep clean the premises."

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