No e-coli infections in hospital

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18 May 2007, HOOFDDORP - The Spaarne Hospital in Hoofddorp said on Thursday it had not admitted any patients infected with the e-coli bacteria over the past few days.

18 May 2007

HOOFDDORP  - The Spaarne Hospital in Hoofddorp said on Thursday it had not admitted any patients infected with the e-coli bacteria over the past few days.

A regional medical official had said at a press conference on Wednesday that five people had been admitted to the hospital since Tuesday with symptoms indicating infection with the bacteria. A spokesperson for the hospital says this was a misunderstanding.

On Tuesday it was announced that e-coli bacteria had been found in tap water in Hoofddorp and neighbouring municipalities. All those in the area were advised to boil the water for two minutes before using it.

The bacteria can cause diarrhoea and stomach ache. "Of course we have some patients with these problems, but none of them are infected with e-coli," said a spokesperson.

The Spaarne Hospital was alerted on Tuesday of the possible contamination and bought in large quantities of bottled water for patients and employees.

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Subject: Dutch news

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