At least a dozen children have been sickened in France with officials linking illnesses to a dairy company.
Since early June, 12 cases of haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) have been reported in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Occitanie regions. HUS is a severe complication associated with E. coli infection that causes kidney failure and sometimes death.
Seven boys and five girls aged 11 months to 9 years old are sick. They fell ill from June 4 to July 18.
In France, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) surveillance is only based on HUS in children younger than 15, so it only catches the most severe cases.
Santé publique France, the Directorate General for Food (DGAL) and Directorate General for Health (DGS) are part of the investigation.