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A toddler has died following an outbreak of the E. coli O157 bug in Scotland.
The kid was amongst 20 confirmed instances of an infection – detected between 2 and 15 July – eleven of whom had acquired hospital remedy.
Well being officers are investigating potential hyperlinks to Dunsyre blue cheese, which is made with unpasteurised milk.
South Lanarkshire-based mostly Errington Cheese, which makes Dunsyre blue, stated final month that testing had shown it to be “completely clear of E. coli O157“.
Well being Safety Scotland stated that epidemiological investigations had “recognized Dunsyre Blue cheese because the probably explanation for the outbreak”.
It added: “Regardless of in depth investigation, together with in search of different attainable meals sources, no different hyperlink to a majority of instances could possibly be established.”
Dr Alison Smith-Palmer, from Well being Safety Scotland’s Incident Administration Group, stated: “On behalf of the IMT, I want to take this chance to increase our deepest sympathies to the household of the kid who has died.
“Our ideas are with them right now and we ask that their privateness be revered.
“All confirmed instances turned unwell previous to the top of July. As there have been no new instances since then the IMT will now stand down and work to supply its remaining report.”
It’s understood that the ultimate report might take as much as six months to supply.
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In a press release issued final month on its web site, Errington Cheese stated its personal checks had proven the product to be away from the bug.
“All our testing, masking a interval of just about six months from 21 March so far, is totally away from E. coli O157,” the assertion stated.
“All authority testing is adverse for E. coli O157. All buyer testing for E. coli O157 is unfavourable. All farm testing for E. coli O157 is damaging.”
The assertion added: “From what we will collect all instances had an onset of signs between 1st -fifteenth July (2 week interval).
“Nevertheless, our cheese was obtainable over a eight/9 week interval.
“From this we conclude that the outbreak was extra more likely to have been brought on by one thing with a shorter shelf-life or not by a meals in any respect.”
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