Nurseries closed in East Lothian E. coli outbreak

An outbreak of E.coli had led to the closure two nurseries in East Lothian.

The Pear Tree Nursery in Church Road, Haddington has been linked to 28 cases of the bug. Most cases are reported to be mild – with some children in hospital in a stable condition.

Pear Tree’s Meadowpark location in the town was also closed as a precaution after symptoms were reported.

NHS Lothian said a source had not been found, but tests were being done to identify the strain of the infection.

The health board said cases had been confined to the nursery, households of the children and close contacts.

It has been working with the nursery for about 10 days.

Public health consultant Graham Mackenzie told BBC Scotland reports of a mild stomach upsets at the Meadowpark nursery had prompted authorities to shut the facility but that there was no indication yet that it was the E.coli infection.

Dr Richard Othieno, chairman of the incident management team, said: “We know that this will be an anxious time for many…

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