UK: West Fife family struck down by E.coli after holiday

Monday, 29th September, 2008

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A WEST Fife family, recently returned from a foreign holiday, has contracted a strain of the E. coli bug.

Eleven family members, including a four-year-old boy, took ill with Verotoxigenic E. Coli (VTEC) but their conditions are not serious.

Public health experts at NHS Fife are investigating the outbreak.

Dr Margaret Hannah deputy director of public health, said, "There are no confirmed cases outwith this group of family and friends.

"In all, 11 members of the group have had diarrhoea, which they probably acquired abroad.

"None has been seriously ill and seven of them have fully recovered.

"One four-year-old child within the family attends nursery school; however the child did not do so whilst he was unwell.

"As a precaution the school concerned has been informed and information leaflets on E.Coli VTEC given to parents today."

The incubation period for VTEC is usually around one to 14 days and symptoms can include diarrhoea, feeling sick, vomiting, stomach pain and fever.

Unpasteurised milk and raw meat may be contaminated with the organism.

However, thorough cooking of meat and the pasteurisation of milk will destroy the germs.


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