The story appears on

Page A9

September 17, 2009

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » World

E coli outbreak probed

AN independent investigation is to be held into the outbreak of the potentially deadly E coli infection at a petting farm in England that has left 13 children in hospital, four of whom are seriously ill.

The Health Protection Agency said yesterday it had commissioned the probe into the outbreak linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey after its chief executive admitted that delays by his officials could have put more children at risk. In all, 37 people have got the infection, which can be spread by contact with faeces.

The farm closed its doors at the weekend but parents demanded to know why action was not taken as soon as the first cases emerged in August.

HPA Chief Executive Justin McCracken admitted that after the first case came to light on August 27, the HPA had been told there had been two other cases the previous week.

McCracken said George Griffin, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Medicine at St George's, University of London, would now lead a probe into the HPA's handling of the outbreak.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend