Health chiefs are investigating “linked” cases of the potentially-fatal E.coli O157 bug involving Tayside children.
NHS Tayside Health Protection Team and Angus Council said they were aware of a small number of infected children in the county.
Possible sources and routes of transmission are being looked at and necessary control measures have been put in place to prevent further spread.
Those affected continue to be monitored and have received medical treatment and advice.
As a precautionary measure, a playgroup in Angus has voluntarily closed temporarily while further investigations continue.
NHS Tayside’s Health Protection Team has also issued information to parents at the playgroup and an Angus primary school, understood to be in Carnoustie, advising them of what action to take if they have concerns about their child’s health.
Escherichia coli (E. coli) is the name of a family of germs commonly found in farm animals and outdoor environments. Some strains of E. coli are harmless but others produce toxins that can cause illness in people.
Someone can become infected by consuming contaminated food or water, or by contact with other people who are infected, or with animals (e.g. at farms or zoos) carrying the bacteria.
Symptoms of E. coli O157 include diarrhoea – sometimes with blood, fever, stomach pain/cramps, nausea and/or vomiting and generally feeling/being unwell.
Consultant in public health medicine Dr Jackie Hyland said: “NHS Tayside and Angus Council are together investigating a small number of linked cases of E.coli O157 infection. The risk to the general public remains low and those affected have received appropriate medical treatment and advice.”
Further information can be obtained by calling the helpline number on 0800 028 2816. This is available every day between 8am and 10pm.