Three-Year-Old Boy Fighting E.coli in Hospital Has Already Suffered Swine Flu

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Byline: Peter Dominiczak

A BOY of three became the latest victim of a growing E.coli outbreak only weeks after he recovered from swine flu.

Harry Dolby, from Sidcup, developed E.coli on Sunday and is being kept on a drip in an isolation unit in hospital. His condition is said to be "deteriorating".

His parents Lee and Louise, both 27, said that Harry had just recovered from swine flu and had recently been in hospital for a week this summer after choking on a sausage.

It is thought Harry caught E.coli at Godstone Farm in Surrey, which has closed as a result of the outbreak.

Mr Dolby said: "It's not fair. He has battled so much. He is in a very ill, panicking state."

Fourteen children are now being treated after contracting E.coli. The outbreak is believed to have started on 8 August but it is thought that E.coli's long incubation period meant the Health Protection Agency did not learn about the first possible case connected to the farm until 27 August.

The Conservatives have called for an independent inquiry amid fears that tens of thousands of children could have been exposed to the bug since it was first identified.

It came as health chiefs have admitted swine flu could affect Britain for the next three or four years.

They have urged Londoners not to be complacent and to get vaccinated against the disease -- especially the young and the elderly. …