E-coli outbreak in Kent
Health bosses revealed today an E-coli outbreak
has been detected in Kent.
Officials from the Health Protection Agency said the bug
has spread in a family believed to be from Maidstone.
It is then thought to have been carried to Sussex.
One case has been confirmed and two others are
The HPA said the common link was that all three
cases are members of the same family who have mixed socially
on several occasions in recent weeks, including family barbecues
and picnics in the countryside.
The response is being led by Kent Health Protection Unit because
the first case lives in Kent.
Listen to Dr Mathi
Chandrakumar's advice on E.Coli
Unit Director, Dr Mathi Chandrakumar, said: "We are raising
awareness of E.coli O157 infection especially as at this time of
year people attend more barbecues and picnics in the
"It is an infection that can be passed easily from person to
person and young children are especially vulnerable to it and to
complications which can arise from it.
"We want to stress the importance of good hand hygiene in
families where there is any diarrhoea illness.
"Adults should ensure they supervise children's handwashing -
especially before eating and when visiting parkland or countryside
picnic areas where there is a possibility that areas may have been
contaminated with animal faeces."
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