A number of people have contracted deadly E.coli at a Lanarkshire nursery.
NHS Lanarkshire's public health team confirmed that five cases have been identified in Biggar and are currently investigating.
Four of the cases of E.coli O157 identified in Biggar were at a local nursery, with the other said to have close links to one of the other cases.
The health board is working closely with South Lanarkshire Council and Public Health Scotland as they continue their investigations into the cases.
Dr Alison Smith-Palmer, NHS Lanarkshire Consultant in Public Health, said: “So far, testing has identified five confirmed cases; four attend a local nursery and the fifth has close links to one of the other cases.
"All children and staff at the nursery have been tested.
“To respect and maintain confidentiality, further information about the cases is not being released.”
The symptoms of E.coli O157 can include nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, diarrhoea, bloody diarrhoea or fever. In a small proportion of cases it can cause serious complications.
Dr Smith-Palmer, added: “We are asking people in the local area to be alert for any symptoms they, or a child they look after, may have.
"Anyone who has developed symptoms of E.coli infection should seek medical attention as specific tests are required to diagnose the infection which can mimic other illnesses.
“Anyone who develops symptoms should contact their GP practice or NHS24 on 111 when the GP practice is closed. This is crucial to help contain the infection and stop its spread within the community.
"Also, washing hands with soap and water is the best way to stop this bug from spreading.”
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