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Welsh E coli outbreak Inquiry

20th July 2006

20072006_scales1.jpgA public inquiry is being held in Cardiff into the Escherichia coli outbreak in the South Wales valleys last year which led to the death of 5 year old Mason Jones and to 150 other people, mainly school children, being taken ill.

The outbreak involved the O157 strain of E coli. The professor emeritus of medical microbiology at Aberdeen University, Hugh Pennington, who has been appointed to lead the inquiry, said that it would be inquisitorial rather than adversarial.  Professor Pennington said that the inquiry would look at what had happened and the circumstances surrounding the outbreak, and is likely to make recommendations aimed at minimising the chances of a similar outbreak happening again.

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