“Low risk” E. coli case confirmed in Angus

It was mistakenly suggested that the village hall was to be shut as a result of the E. coli case.

Health bosses have given an assurance that a confirmed E. coli case in Angus presents a “very low” risk to the public.

The single case, which is understood to involve a child in Letham, is being investigated by NHS Tayside’s Health Protection Team.

A Facebook post suggesting a local hall was to be shut as a result of the E. coli case was pulled down not long after being put up.

It has now emerged that the village hall has had nothing to do with the outbreak.

Some strains of E. coli are harmless, but some types produce toxins that can cause illness in people.

Symptoms include diarrhoea, fever, stomach pain/cramps, nausea and/or vomiting, and generally feeling/being unwell.

Rarely, it can lead to more serious complications. Young children and the elderly are most vulnerable.

A spokesman for NHS Tayside said: “NHS Tayside’s Health Protection Team is aware of and currently investigating a single case of confirmed E. coli infection in the Angus area.

“Close contacts have been identified and appropriate advice has been given.

“The risk to the wider public is very low.”

For more, see Friday’s Angus edition of The Courier