Health experts have confirmed that a 5th child who attends a County Durham day nursery has been infected with E.coli.

Kirklands Day Nursery in Barnard Castle has been temporarily closed while Public Health England (PHE) and Durham County Council carry out an investigation into the source of the outbreak.

5 cases have now been confirmed, with 2 of the youngsters affected being admitted to hospital whilst the others are cared for at home.

A consultant for PHE’s North East Centre said:

“The source of the infection in these children is not yet known and the investigation is continuing.”

“As a precaution, the nursery has temporarily closed while all the necessary public health measures are put in place to prevent any further spread of infection.”

“E. coli is a relatively rare infection which can cause a range of symptoms from mild diarrhoea to severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea.”

“A very small proportion of patients, mainly children, can develop a serious complication that can lead to kidney failure.”

“As part of these control measures, all children who attend the nursery and the staff are being asked to submit two samples taken at least 24 hours apart for testing.”

“Staff and children will be able to return to the nursery when they have each had two negative test results.”

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