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Sutton Park now 'safe' for children after E. coli outbreak

A West Midlands park associated with a string of E. coli cases is safe for children to visit again.

In September, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) advised parents of children aged 10 and younger to keep them away from Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield.

Eight people infected with E. coli O157 from the park have fully recovered.

Dr Roger Gajraj, from Birmingham's Health Protection Unit, said no new cases had been reported in six weeks.

The six children and two adults, all diagnosed since July, had all made a full recovery by 19 September, said the HPA.

'Control measures'

The HPA said E. coli O157 was often associated with contact with animals or contact with animal faeces.

Mr Gajraj said: "The control measures put in place will have reduced the risk.

"We can never rule out all risk, however, and that's why it's essential people follow advice to wash their hands and supervise children while they are washing or wash their hands for them."

The HPA said new signage had been put up in the park and additional hand washing points had been installed to remind visitors of the importance of washing hands to avoid infection.

Birmingham City Council said it had worked closely with the HPA to ensure the issue could be dealt with as quickly as possible.

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