E.coli O157 & Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

A third case of E.coli identified in Orkney

11th October 2012

NHS Orkney has confirmed that a person, previously showing no symptoms, has tested positive for E.coli O157, although it would not comment on whether it was also connected with the nursery attended by 2 children who were confirmed positive earlier.

Officials are trying to find the source and other children and staff from the nursery are being screened as a precaution.

Dr Ken Black, consultant in public health medicine with NHS Orkney, said: "It is through our investigations that we have identified a third case and we are continuing to look for the possible source or sources of the infection. We continue to advise everyone to maintain vigilance concerning infection control. The spread of E. coli O157 infection can be prevented by following guidance on handling food and hand hygiene. As ever, anyone with health concerns should contact a health professional."

There have already been 6 other confirmed cases of E.coli infection in Orkney since August.

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