Third case of E.coli bug at Cumbernauld nursery

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Parents of children at the nursery are being urged to look out for symptoms

A third case of the potentially fatal E.coli O157 bug has been confirmed at a private nursery in North Lanarkshire.

An adult, who provided a link to two children previously diagnosed at the Step by Step Nursery in Cumbernauld, has also tested positive.

NHS Lanarkshire said there have been no other new cases identified and the nursery remains open.

E.coli O157 symptoms can include diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and fever.

The first child was diagnosed on 26 July and the second child was diagnosed on 2 August.

Minimising spread

The children were not in direct contact with each other but health officials identified a third person who provided a link between them.

Dr David Cromie, consultant in public health medicine at NHS Lanarkshire, said: "NHS Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Council are continuing to work closely with the Step by Step Nursery to ensure that we minimise the risk of further spread.

"It is very important that we are made aware of any further cases, should they arise.

"I would therefore advise parents of children who attend the nursery that if their child has symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea, he or she should always be kept off nursery until clear of symptoms for a minimum of 48 hours.

"If blood is present in the stool or if they are concerned about their child's health, they should also report this urgently to their general practitioner."

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