UK: E.coli probe details announced
Posted: September 30th, 2009 - 2:57pm
Source: Associated Press
Details of an investigation into the outbreak of E.coli linked to a children's petting farm have been outlined.
The inquiry is to be led by George Griffin, professor of infectious diseases and medicine at St George's, University of London.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) launched the independent investigation after the outbreak of the potentially deadly O157 strain at Godstone Farm, near Redhill, Surrey.
The earliest link to infection was traced back to August 8, but the farm did not close until September 12.
HPA chief executive Justin McCracken told the agency's board at a meeting: "Our aim in setting up this investigation is to make recommendations to reduce the risk of contracting E.coli O157 in those who visit open farms and improve the health protection response to future outbreaks of this organism."