A CORK creche has been forced to close temporarily following an outbreak of the E.coli bug, it has been revealed.
The bug, also known as VTEC, is a potentially serious form of gastroenteritis that can cause diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, and high temperatures.
Three children at the Kindercare Creche in Ballincollig have been diagnosed with VTEC, the HSE revealed in a statement.
The HSE’s multidisciplinary Outbreak Control Team is investigating the outbreak in line with national guidance.
All children and staff are being requested to submit stool samples for laboratory testing.
A statement from the creche said:
“The owner and management of Kindercare Childcare, Ballincollig confirms it is temporarily closed after a VTEC outbreak.
“Our primary concern is for the health and safety of the children and staff.
“We are following the protocols in place by Department of Public Health and implementing all necessary procedures to deal with this outbreak.”
The closure comes following a similar incident in a creche in Galway which resulted in the hospitalisation of two children.
The majority of cases of VTEC get better with no treatment and without hospitalisation.
However, in about 10% of cases, VTEC causes a serious complication known as Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome or HUS.
This can lead to anaemia and kidney failure and requires intensive medical treatment.
There were 927 cases of VTEC notified in Ireland in 2017.