Two children hospitalised in 'E. coli' nursery outbreak

Two children are in hospital after a suspected E. coli outbreak at a nursery in Cheshire.

Public health officers said the children, who both go to the Chrysalis Day Nursery in Northwich, were being treated at Leighton Hospital due to "complications".

In total, seven children and three family members had shown symptoms of the infection, the officers added.

Children and staff at the nursery are being screened as a precaution.

The condition of the children in hospital is not yet known.

E. coli is a type of bacterium present in the gut of humans and other animals.

Most strains are harmless but some are able to produce toxins that can cause symptoms in humans.

The severity of the illness people can get varies considerably, but some types of E. coli lead to severe cramps and diarrhoea.

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