E.coli O157 & Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

E.coli closes Welsh cockle beds

4th November 2011

Shellfish beds in Pembrokeshire have been temporarily closed after E. coli bacteria was found.

Notices have been erected along the coast warning people to avoid shellfish beds from the area between the Cleddau Bridge and Picton Point until they reopen. They should not to take oysters, cockles, mussels, clams, razor fish or other shellfish, or collect mussels from Lawrenny. Cockle beds on the Swansea side of the Burry Inlet are also closed.

Pembrokeshire council said the elevated levels of E. coli followed a period of exceptionally heavy rain. "This will have increased agricultural run-off and possibly added discharge from the functioning of storm water overflows," it added.

It said testing would be increased and the beds would reopen as soon as samples returned to normal.

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