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Warning signs deployed after E.Coli infections

13th September 2010 | Health and Safety Signs, Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

A farm in Torbay has improved its health and safety signage after two children were affected by the E.Coli bug.

Occombe Farm has ensured its safety signs are better and more hand-washing facilities are in place after the youngsters were taken ill during a school trip in July, reported.

The popular farm, which attracts thousands of visitors every year, banned all contact with animals and closed the site.
A joint investigation by the Health Protection Agency, the Veterinary Laboratories Agency and the local council was undertaken to see if a link between the children's cases and Occombe Farm could be established.

Dominic Acland, director of the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, told the newspaper steps were immediately taken and was confident future risks had been minimised.

"We have provided information and advice to the farm and are confident that if the measures are put in place, these will minimise the risks for future visitors. We are grateful for the farm's full co-operation.

"We are commissioning extra hand-washing in the farmyard and new signage and as soon as this is in place the farmyard will be re-opened to the public," he said.

The children, from a nearby primary school, have since made a full recovery.


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