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Further E. coli cases confirmed

Myers Bakery
The owners of the bakery are working with health officials

Two further cases of E. coli have been confirmed in people who bought food from a bakery in Gateshead.

So far nine adults have been confirmed as having the O157 strain of the infection, with a further six people currently undergoing tests.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said two people were receiving hospital treatment, with the remainder recovering at home.

Owners agreed to close Myers Bakery in Felling High Street pending inquiries.

Dr Kirsty Foster, of the HPA, said: "The proprietor of Myers Bakery is continuing to co-operate fully with the investigation and the shop remains closed on a voluntary basis.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to remind people again that anyone who may have bought any products from Myers Bakery should throw them out.

"This includes cold meats and stuffing mix which they may still have in their fridges, freezers and cupboards."

E. coli O157 bacteria can cause a range of symptoms, from mild diarrhoea to severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea.

In a small proportion of patients it can also result in kidney failure.

E.coli O157 bacteria are commonly found in the gut of animals, mainly cattle, but also in the faeces of other animals.

People can catch it by eating contaminated food such as undercooked meat, contact with infected animals or with other people who have the infection.

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