Girls Get E.coli After Dance Event

Second outbreak this month in Wales 

17.08.2009

Two girls who attended a dance event in Wales have been diagnosed with a form of E.coli.

A seven-year-old from Denbighshire in North Wales and an 11-year-old from the West Midlands were diagnosed with E.coli O157 after attending Dance Camp Wales in Cresselly, Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

The youngest girl is recovering at home while the older child is receiving treatment in hospital.

The National Public Health Service for Wales (NPHS) has urged anyone that attended the event, which took place between July 29 and August 9, to contact their GP if they experience abdominal pain, diarrhoea or fever.

The majority of victims recover with no complications, but some severe cases can develop kidney failure.

Clive Garner, a partner in the travel law team at national solicitors Irwin Mitchell said, "E.coli 0157 is a very serious infection and for some victims it can lead to kidney failure or even death. This is the second outbreak of this illness in Wales this month and it highlights the importance of strict personal hygiene and maintaining a high standard of food preparation procedures, even when on holiday."