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Two young children in Lanarkshire treated for E.coli O157

Two young children in Lanarkshire have been treated for E.coli O157.

NHS Lanarkshire said both cases involved children under five. One has recovered and is at home while the other is being treated in hospital.

The health board said both children had visited Colzium Park in Kilsyth shortly before they became unwell.

Investigations are being carried out with Health Protection Scotland and North Lanarkshire Council to identify potential sources of exposure.

Dr Josephine Pravinkumar, NHS Lanarkshire consultant in public health medicine, said: "People can become infected in a number of ways through eating contaminated food, contact with infected animals or animal faeces, contact with other people who have the illness or drinking contaminated water.

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"Our initial investigations have found that both children visited Colzium Park in Kilsyth shortly before becoming unwell. However investigations into other possible sources are continuing."

Colzium Park has various gardens and a play area. It does not have any farm animals or a petting zoo and there are no catering facilities on the site.

NHS Lanarkshire has written to GPs in Lanarkshire to make them aware of the cases and have asked them to contact the health protection team if they suspect any patient may have E.coli O157.

Symptoms include diarrhoea, blood in the stools, stomach cramps and fever.

The time between someone becoming infected and the development of symptoms can vary between one and 14 days.

Dr Pravinkumar added: "E.coli O157 is a serious disease. It is very important that we are made aware of any further cases.

"I would especially advise parents, if their child has any symptoms, that they should report this urgently to their general practitioner.

"The disease can cause severe illness in young children and older people."

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