Poor leadership at HPA is blamed for spread of E coli at farm

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 15 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3243
  1. Philip Wilson
  1. 1BMJ

    “Specific avoidable deficiencies,” including a slow response by the UK’s Health Protection Agency, impeded the control of an outbreak of Escherichia coli at an open farm in Surrey last year, an independent report concludes.

    The chairman of the investigating committee has called for better regulation of open farms but says that parents should have some say in the risks to which their children are exposed.

    The Godstone Farm E coli O157 outbreak of August and September 2009 (BMJ 2009;339:b3795, doi:10.1136/bmj.b3795) is the largest to have occurred in the United Kingdom from animal contact. Some 93 people were infected, and 17 children went on to develop haemolytic uraemic syndrome. Eight of the children needed dialysis, and …

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