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E.coli – Protect the children in your care

E.coli – Protect the children in your care

 

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) voiced its concern at the high levels
of E. coli infection in Ireland this week, with provisional figures of 285 cases of human infection
recorded in 2011.E Coli

Young children and infants are particularly at risk from E. coli infection and special attention must be paid to protect their health.  Children and childcare workers in childcare settings can unwittingly spread E. coli infection and the FSAI is urging childcare workers and crèche owners to ensure they have robust hygiene practices
in place to reduce the incidence of this potentially life threatening bug.

The Food Safety Authority have  recently published a new leaflet  “E.coli – How to Protect the Children in your Care”, which gives advice on how to avoid and stop the spread of E.coli, as well as explaining the symptoms, and what to do if a child in your service has been ill and is showing signs of this.

Irene Gunning, chief executive of Early Childhood Ireland, welcomed the leaflet and
call to prevent the spread of E.coli in childcare settings.

“We will do everything we can to back up their call for childcare workers and creche owners to ensure they have robust hygiene practices in place to reduce the incidence of this potentially life-threatening bug,” she said.

Under the Childcare (Pre-School Services) (No. 2) Regulations, 2006 childcare providers must take steps to prevent the spread of infection.

 

Download your free copy of  EColi -How to Protect the Children in Your Care

 

You can also contact the Food Safety Authority on their Advice Line on 0818 33 66 77 or email info@fsai.ie for more information, or visit the
Food Safety Authority website

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