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Further E. coli case investigated in Orkney

A further potential case of the E.coli O157 infection has been detected in Orkney, according to the local health board.

NHS Orkney said a total of eight cases were now being investigated.

The new case was discovered through the ongoing investigation process and involves someone who did not become ill recently.

The number of confirmed cases remains at six. One confirmed case remains in hospital.

Dr Louise Wilson, director of public health at NHS Orkney, said: "Everyone can play a part in avoiding picking up E. coli infections.

"The bacterium can be linked to food or the environment, or both, and there is clear, friendly and easy-to-follow information on how to avoid it."

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