Number of confirmed E.coli patients remains low

Investigations continue
Investigations continue

NHS Tayside Health Protection Team and Angus Council are continuing to investigate linked cases of E.coli O157 infection affecting a small number of children in the Carnoustie area.

Further testing on a precautionary basis has been carried out on a number of children and adults, however the number of patients now confirmed positive for E.coli O157 remains very low. Due to the low number of confirmed cases, we are unable to provide further details to protect patient confidentiality.

NHS Tayside Consultant in Public Health Medicine Dr Jackie Hyland said: “A small number of suspected and confirmed cases of E.coli have been assessed and treated as appropriate within Ninewells Hospital.

“The usual infection control measures are in place during this period to prevent the potential spread of infection. This includes providing separate areas for patients under investigation. We would like to make it clear that these patients are not being treated under quarantine conditions but are having their treatment in a small, dedicated area, where parents may attend and visit as normal.

“NHS Tayside Health Protection Team has issued further information directly to parents of schoolchildren today to provide an update on the ongoing investigation.

“The cases and contacts have now been identified and children should now be attending school or nursery unless they are symptomatic or have been formally excluded by the Health Protection Team.

“The Incident Management Team (IMT) has also been in regular contact with those affected to ensure that they receive the appropriate medical treatment and advice from primary and secondary care clinicians.

“Possible sources and routes of transmission continue to be investigated, including a link to the national E.coli investigation led by Health Protection Scotland.

“The community should be reassured that the risk to the general public remains low. We would also remind people that a dedicated helpline is available every day between 8am and 10pm. Anyone who has questions or would like further information can call the helpline number on 0800 028 2816.”