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Warning over E Coli outbreak after ten cases confirmed

Bacteria seen in petri dish in experiment Credit: Press Association

Public Health England (PHE) is investigating a number of cases of illness in Dorset caused by the E. coli bacteria.

PHE is leading on the investigation of this cluster of illnesses caused by a rare strain of the bacteria called Verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli 055 (VTEC 055).

Since July, ten people have been diagnosed with this infection which can cause bloody diarrhoea and seven of those affected have developed kidney problems – called haemolytic uraemic syndrome - a serious complication of an E. coli infection. There have been no deaths.

PHE and local authorities routinely investigate all cases of E. coli infection, aiming to identify the source and take any necessary actions to protect the public’s health. This is a rare strain of the infection and all those affected and their close contacts are being followed up and further investigations are taking place to determine the likely source.

As some cases have occurred in people associated with a children's nursery, letters have been sent to parents whose children attend the nursery and staff, informing them about E. Coli O55 and the ongoing investigation. As part of routine screening, stool samples are being taken from children and staff as a precautionary measure.

Letters have also been sent to hospital doctors and local GPs, alerting them to the possibility of infection and asking they report any further cases of bloody diarrhoea.

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Met Office issues fog warning for the West

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of fog affecting Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.

It will come into force from 7pm tonight and last until 10am tomorrow, Tuesday 25 November.

Freezing fog is predicted tonight, which will reduce visibility and make driving more dangerous Credit: PA

Patchy fog is expected to form soon after dark tonight and then will become quite widespread and locally dense. It will freeze during the evening, reducing visibility to less than 100m in places.

It is likely to persist through tomorrow's rush hour but may begin to disperse as cloud increases from the south.

Transport could be disrupted so commuters should be prepared.

Health workers picket the BRI in Bristol

Health workers and ambulance staff across the region have been taking part in a four hour strike in a long-running dispute over pay.

They walked out between 7am and 11am today and will be working to rule for the rest of the month.

Health staff picket the Bristol Royal Infirmary as part of the national action Credit: ITV News
Staff are calling for a 1% pay increase, which the Government says it can't afford Credit: ITV News

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Voting has started in this year's People's Millions competition Credit: ITV News West Country

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Health workers on four-hour strike this morning

Health workers and ambulance staff across the region are taking part in a four hour strike today.

Members of the GMB and Unison unions will walk out between 7am and 11 am in an ongoing dispute over pay.

They will also refuse to do any unpaid overtime until the end of the month.

Health workers went on strike last month too. Credit: PA
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