Nearly half of herds carry E.coli virus

Children and aged at risk from infections from sheep and cattle

source: Severin Carrell
Independent June 29 2000 p12

The number of reported cases of E.coli O157 in humans in England and Wales has risen to 1,084 in 1999 from one in 1982, and sheep, cattle and pigs are seen as possible sources of infection. A survey of abattoirs discovered 0.16% of pigs to be carriers, rising to almost 2% of sheep, and 5% of cattle. Another survey found one infected animal at least in 44% of cattle herds in England. Picnickers and ramblers are advised to take soap with them on their outings. Old people and children are especially vulnerable to E.coli infections.