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By Fiona Reid

andrew rideout *** Local Caption *** TOP TALK . . . a doctor from the region has given an award winning talk on bacterial infections at a UK conference. Specialist Registrar Andrew Rideout delivered the presentation as one of three members of NHS Dumfries and GallowayÕs Public Health team who attended the annual 5 Nations Health Protection Conference in Belfast last week. He said: ÒOur department has, in the past, been involved in responding to cases of E. coli illness linked to Dumfries and Galloway, taking on the role of co-ordinating a response in conjunction with Health Protection Scotland. ÒWe co-ordinated what was going on across Scotland, and heard back from the other health boards what they found out, discussing the risks.Ó Andrew says responsibility included investigating the origin of cases, and working to prevent any others, but that the bacterial infection is not unheard of within rural Dumfries and Galloway as it can be contracted on agricultural land. He added: ÒWe have more E. coli here than a lot of boards would have, but thatÕs just the nature of Dumfries and Galloway.Ó His talk scooped the 5 Nations Oral Presentation prize and reacting, the doctor said: ÒI tried to put together a talk which was entertaining and light, but also had a few important messages in it about limiting the risks of bacterial infection, which obviously went down well with the audience and judges."

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