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11 July 2017

Outbreak of E. coli O157 associated with Tough Mudder event

NHS Dumfries and Galloway is investigating a small outbreak of E. coli O157 among participants who took part in the recent ‘Tough Mudder’ sporting event held over the weekend of 17/18 June at Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway. Five confirmed cases have been identified, all of whom are resident in Scotland.

An incident management team (IMT) has been formed. This is being led by NHS Dumfries and Galloway with support from HPS, the local environmental health team and other NHSScotland health protection teams. The organiser of the event has alerted all those who took part and advised them to seek medical care if they develop any symptoms.

Outdoor exercise is good for both physical and mental health. However, each year in Scotland a small number of people are affected by infections caught outdoors. Careful attention to hand hygiene can help to reduce the risk of infection. Hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and water before eating or drinking and after contact with animals or the places where they are kept. More information on the steps that can be taken to avoid infections in Scotland’s outdoor is available on the NHS Inform website https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/outdoor-health/bugs-and-germs/avo....

Vol: 51 No: 27 Year: 2017 Type: Current Note

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