Pavilion Day Nursery: Warning after child gets E.coli

Part of a Surrey nursery has been closed for deep cleaning after a child was diagnosed with the E.coli bug, the Health Protection Agency has said.

The agency said it had sent letters to parents of children who attend the Pavilion Day Nursery in Sunbury-upon-Thames, as well as GPs in the area.

Doctors said it was "probable" another child who attends the nursery had the bug but it had not been confirmed.

Staff and children who experience symptoms are being tested.

'Easily passed on'

E.coli is a bacteria that causes diarrhoea and can lead to serious kidney complications in about 5% of cases.

Symptoms include mild and bloody diarrhoea, stomach cramps and fever.

Dr Kevin Carroll, a consultant in communicable disease control at the Surrey and Sussex Health Protection Unit, said: "This is an infection that can be passed very easily from person to person.

"Young children are especially vulnerable to it, and to complications which can arise from it, so we will remain vigilant concerning any other children who have diarrhoeal symptoms and will test as a precaution."

The agency is working with Spelthorne Borough Council to find the source of the infection.

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