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Orkney E coli outbreak investigated

21st August 2012

Public health authorities are looking into a suspected outbreak of the E coli infection in Orkney.

Three cases are being investigated, while two more people are being treated in hospital. NHS Orkney stated that the cases occurred in different places and they did not believe at the present time that they were connected. The trust's director of public health, Dr Louise Wilson, said: "We are working to try and identify a source for the infections." 

 

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Oliver Centurier-Harris

Wednesday 22nd August 2012 @ 8:33

It would be interesting to know how E coli 0157, the kind that causes infections, differs from the ordinary E coli which inhabit every person in huge numbers. Apparently there may be more E coli in a single intestine than all the people that ever lived! ('The modal bacter' - Stephen Jay Gould)


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