Inquiry for reporting E. coli at children’s farm
As many as 93 people including a large number of young children were infected by a dangerous and potentially fatal E. coli 0157 strain after they visited Surrey’s Godstone Farm last summer end.
The inquiry which is handling one of the biggest E. coli outbreaks related to a children’s farm is due on its report. The regulatory agencies’ role and the way the outbreak occurred are being investigated by the inquiry currently.
The farm was closed as late as a month past the first case during which time thousands of people have supposedly passed through it, one more point that is being investigated currently.
The Health protection Agency, which itself was in a tight spot after being heavily criticized for its lethargic response to the problem, that occurred in the peak of the summer holiday season in the months of August and September, has ordered for this probe. A legal action is being planned by parents of some of the kids for damages to the kidneys of some of the affected children who are still ill. The farm which has been opened again is not available for any comment until the release of the report.
George Griffin, a professor at St George’s University of London and an infectious disease expert is currently heading the inquiry. According to Professor Mark Stevens from the Institute for Animal Health explains that E coli 0157 strain of bacteria can cause kidney failure and diarrhea in young children. Justin McCracken who heads the HPA had called parents of the affected children after the outbreak, to offer apologies for such delay in responding to the outbreak. The rules related to E. coli have now been changed to ensure that doctors have to notify the involved authorities if they detect signs of infection the same way as is the case with measles or smallpox.
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