Hunt for source of E.coli infection

Health chiefs are searching for the source of an E.coli infection which caused the death of an eight-year-old girl.

The health board said it has not yet identified the source of the infection but does not believe the case is part of an outbreak.

Our thoughts are with the family during this very difficult time. Sometimes it is possible to identify a particular source of E.coli O157 infection. An outbreak may occur if a number of people are exposed to the same source.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is satisfied that this case is not part of an outbreak, and has not identified a particular source which might represent a risk to others.

E. coli O157 infection is very easily picked up and sometimes investigations cannot identify either a particular source, or any way in which the risk of infection could have been avoided.

– Dr Jane Cooper, consultant in public health medicine

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Girl, 8, dies of E.coli infection

An eight-year-old girl has died after contracting an E. coli infection. NHS Ayrshire and Arran said it has not identified the source of the infection but it does not believe the case is part of an outbreak.