UK boy, 3, catches swine flu and E.coli; father disgusted kids’ lives put at risk at petting zoo

Harry Dolby, three (right, photo from Telegraph) has become the latest victim of E.coli at a petting farm after being recetly hospitalised with swine flu.

He visited Godstone Farm with his mother Louise and friends on September 4, after the initial E. coli cases came to light.

Speaking from his bedside at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, Kent, Harry’s father, Lee Dolby, said he was ”disgusted” at the failure of the farm and the HPA to act promptly.

Mr Dolby spoke of his anger at the actions taken over Godstone Farm.

”As soon as the first case came to light, the place should’ve been closed until it had been given the all-clear. ‘These are kids’ lives being put at risk here. I’m just disgusted at both the farm and the HPA, which is meant to be protecting us. Both are in the wrong for keeping the farm open. They realised it would be one of the last times for the kids to be able to visit and have a treat before the school holidays finished and they returned to classes."

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