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Child dies of E coli infection in Glasgow

14th August 2012

NHS Ayrshire and Arran has confirmed that an eight-year-old child has died after contracting an E coli infection.


Dr Jane Cooper, a consultant in public health medicine, sent her sympathies to the child's relatives.

She added: "Sometimes it is possible to identify a particular source of E coli O157 infection."

"An outbreak may occur if a number of people are exposed to the same source. NHS Ayrshire and Arran is satisfied that this case is not part of an outbreak, and has not identified a particular source which might represent a risk to others.

"E coli 0157 infection is very easily picked up and sometimes investigations cannot identify either a particular source, or any way in which the risk of infection could have been avoided." 

The symptoms of the infection usually appear after a person eats food contaminated with the bacteria or comes into contact with an animal carrying E coli.

Symptoms of the infection include diarrhoea, vomiting and a fever. The trust said washing hands after handling raw foods or animal excrement could lessen the danger of infection.


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