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E.coli scare at nursery sparks NHS probe

A Perthshire school was involved in an E.coli scare last week, the PA can reveal.

NHS Tayside launched an investigation after a suspected case of the bacteria in a child at Errol Primary School’s nursery.

The nursery will undergo three days of deep cleaning as a “precautionary measure”.

Parents at the school were issued with letters from the health board with information on the infection.

The child was being tested for the non O157 strain of the infection.

Speaking on Friday a spokesperson at NHS Tayside confirmed: “NHS Tayside’s health protection team is aware of and currently investigating a single suspected case of E.coli non O157 infection in a child who attends a nursery in Perthshire.

“As a precaution, a letter has been issued to parents of children at the nursery for information and reassurance.

“The risk to the wider public is very low.”

Yesterday, the same spokesperson said they were still monitoring the situation but again said the risk to the public was low.

Tayside Contracts decided to undertake the deep clean of the school following advice from public health.

A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council said: “Perth and Kinross Council has been informed of a single possible case of suspected E.coli at Errol Nursery, for which the source is a third party outwith the nursery.

“Following guidance from Public Health, Tayside Contracts is conducting a three-day deep clean of the nursery areas as a precautionary measure.”

According to the health board, Escherichia coli is a family of bacteria commonly found in farm animals and outdoor environments, and although some strains of E.coli are harmless, some types can produce toxins that cause people to become unwell.

A person can become infected by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, by coming into contact with other infected people, or coming into contact with animals carrying the disease, such as at a farm or a zoo.

Symptoms of E.coli include diarrhoea, including sometimes with blood, fever, stomach pains and cramps, nausea, vomiting and generally feeling unwell.

It is most common in young children and the elderly, and it can lead to more serious complications.

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