Butcher’s E.coli outbreak: Five remain in hospital

Robinsons, Wingate. Picture by FRANK REID
Robinsons, Wingate. Picture by FRANK REID
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Four children and one adult are still in hospital after an outbreak of the potentially life-threatening stomach bug E.coli at two butcher’s shops.

A total of 12 people have so far fallen ill after they have eaten pre-cooked meats or savoury products purchased from Robinsons’ shops in Wingate or Billingham before July 15, although a definite source has not been identified.

We are continuing to advise anyone who has bought cooked meats or savouries from Robinsons butchers in Wingate or Billingham since 25 June, not to eat them. If they still have any of these products in their fridge or freezer they should throw them out immediately.

Dr Deb Wilson

“The outbreak control team is continuing to investigate all possible causes of the E.coli O157 outbreak,” said Dr Deb Wilson from Public Health England.

“There were no new reports of illness over the weekend so the total affected continues to be 12, of which four children and one adult remain in hospital.

“We are continuing to advise anyone who has bought cooked meats or savouries from Robinsons butchers in Wingate or Billingham since 25 June, not to eat them. If they still have any of these products in their fridge or freezer they should throw them out immediately.

“The owner and staff of Robinsons butchers and caterers are co-operating fully with the investigation. They have conducted a deep clean of both premises and discarded all ready to eat food prepared before July 16, 2015.”

E.coli O157 can cause severe stomach pain, bloody diarrhoea and more rarely kidney failure in children. More information about E.coli O157 is available from www.nhs.uk/conditions/Escherichia-Coli-O157