E.coli infection kills two-year-old

A two-year-old child has died after contracting a strain of E.coli, health officials have announced.

The child, reported to be a girl from South Ayrshire, died at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow at the weekend, following complications resulting from E.coli 0157 infection.

Two other children, whose families had been in contact with the Ayrshire family, were both admitted to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. Both tested positive for E.coli but were later discharged.

Investigations are continuing into the source of infection, but a spokesperson for NHS Ayrshire and Arran said that there was no reason to believe that anyone outside the families had been affected.


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