Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Three from same family battle E-Coli

Three members of the same family in Belfast have contracted the potentially fatal E-Coli bug, the Eastern Health Board confirmed last night.

A toddler and two relatives, including an adult who needed hospital treatment, were diagnosed with the infection this week.

The child, aged under four, attends Rosetta Primary School. As a consequence the board is expected to screen around 40 children and staff who have an association with the nursery unit.

These new cases come just weeks after the detection of six other cases. Pupils at Brooklands Nursery in Dundonald, Ravenscroft Nursery in east Belfast and Cathedral Nursery in the Lower Falls were all screened after several children were found to have caught the bug.

A spokesman for the Eastern Health and Social Services Board said there was no link between this outbreak and the previous cases saying fears of an outbreak were minimal.

"The overall level of risk to the community is low," he said. " The screening undertaken among small children is due to a higher level of risk of them developing a serious illness from E-Coli infection."



E-Coli can cause diarrhoea and vomiting. In extreme cases it can cause bloody diarrhoea, accompanied by abdominal cramps.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz