E.coli tragedy claims life of two Charn­wood chil­dren

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - AMY OR­TON

TWO chil­dren from the same fam­ily have died af­ter con­tract­ing E.coli.

Pub­lic Health Eng­land (PHE) con­firmed that the two chil­dren were sib­lings and from the Charn­wood area.

The chil­dren both had hemolytic-ure­mic syn­drome (HUS), which is a com­pli­ca­tion of E.coli af­fect­ing the kid­neys.

It is un­der­stood that they were treated in the past two weeks.

A spokes­woman for PHE said: “Very sadly, both of the chil­dren have died and our thoughts are with the fam­ily at this ex­tremely dif­fi­cult time.”

She could not con­firm the ages of the chil­dren or where the in­fec­tion orig­i­nated from, but said PHE hopes to know more by this time next week about where the pair con­tracted the dis­ease.

Dr Lau­ren Ahyow, Con­sul­tant in Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­ease Con­trol at PHE East Mid­lands said: “E.coli is an in­fec­tion that causes a spec­trum of ill­ness rang­ing from mild through to se­vere bloody di­ar­rhoea, mostly with­out fever.

“Some­times the in­fec­tion can cause a con­di­tion called haemolytic uraemic syn­drome (HUS) which af­fects the kid­neys and can be very se­ri­ous.

“Young chil­dren and el­derly peo­ple are more prone to de­vel­op­ment of com­pli­ca­tions as­so­ci­ated with e.coli.

“E.coli can be ac­quired through a num­ber of routes in­clud­ing con­tam­i­nated food, con­tact with farm an­i­mals and in­fected wa­ter.

“PHE are work­ing with part­ners to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther to try and de­ter­mine a source of in­fec­tion.” En­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers from Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil are work­ing with PHE fol­low­ing the con­fir­ma­tion of the cases.

A spokesper­son for the coun­cil, which cov­ers an area with a pop­u­la­tion of about 180,000, tak­ing in Lough­bor­ough and towns such as Shep­shed, Syt­son, Birstall and Thur­mas­ton, said it was work­ing closely with PHE.

“En­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers are aware of the sit­u­a­tion and, at this stage, have been in­volved in tak­ing out sam­ple kits to the prop­erty at the re­quest of Pub­lic Health Eng­land.

“Clearly our thoughts are with the fam­ily at this sad time.”

PHE ad­vice states: “Peo­ple can be re­as­sured that E.coli is a rel­a­tively rare in­fec­tion.

“Good hand hy­giene for all and su­per­vised hand hy­giene for small chil­dren is es­sen­tial to min­imise the risk of de­vel­op­ing an in­fec­tion such as e.coli.”

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