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Schoolchildren’s Cryptosporidium illness horror following trip to the farm

Schools are being warned about trips to farms following a Cryptosporidium outbreak involving 15 Primary school children from the Greater Manchester area.

Following a visit to a Holme Open Farm in Cumbria, where the children were able to handle lambs and other livestock, 15 pupils have fallen ill with a gastric stomach bug. Their symptoms included severe vomiting and diarrhoea and after testing by doctors five pupils have been confirmed to have contracted Cryptosporidium.

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Cryptosporidium is a nasty bug that is often contracted through the consumption of or contact with water contaminated by human or animal faeces and can be easily spread from person to person.

It is thought the source of the infection to be the animals on the farm and in particular the lambs which the children were allowed to handle and touch although this has yet to be confirmed.

Schools have a responsibility to ensure that the trips their pupils attend are safe and that a full assessment of the risks has been undertaken prior to the trip taking place.

Simpson Millar Solicitors have a number of years’ experience in dealing with cases involving Cryptosporidium and were recently able to settle a claim for over 100 holidaymakers who had fallen ill at the Red Sea Holiday Village in Egypt. Many of the group had contracted Cryptosporidium.

If you or your child have contracted cryptosporidium and think you may be able to claim compensation then contact our expert lawyers today for free initial advice about pursuing a cryptosporidium compensation claim.

Dated: 19/04/2013