Category Archives: HUS

France- Escherichia coli O26: HUS increases investigated in France

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Public Health France is currently investigating an increase in the number of children with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

As of May 6, 2019, 16 children infected with Escherichia coli serogroup O26 are being investigated by Public Health France and the National Reference Center (CNR) E. coli  and its associated laboratory (Institut Pasteur, Paris, and Laboratoire de microbiology of Robert Debré Hospital, Paris). Fifteen children had HUS and one child had uncomplicated diarrhea.

France – French Cheeses Recalled after 12 with E. coli caused Kidney Failure

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According to press reports and French health authorities, the cheeses Saint-Félicien and Saint-Marcellin, both made by the Société Fromagerie Alpine in Romans-sur-Isère in the Drôme department, were pulled from shelves yesterday (Saturday April 27) due to the likely link to an E. coli outbreak.

The brands are mainly sold in large supermarkets such as Leclerc, Lidl and Auchan.

The recall was a “precautionary measure”, said the ministers for health and agriculture, after 13 children in several regions were reported to have contracted cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) due to an E. coli infection, since March 21.  In the US, only about 5% of outbreak victims develop HUS, raising the question that this outbreak may impact a significant number of people.

Investigations revealed that several of the children had eaten these cheeses before symptoms appeared.

Anyone who still has cheese from this brand is advised not to eat the product.

Information – How Is HUS Diagnosed After an E. coli Infection?

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Hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, is one of the most serious complications of any foodborne illness infection. It is caused by misshapen red blood cells that are created when Shiga toxins produced by E. coli bacteria travel through the bloodstream to the kidneys.

The destroyed blood cells clog the glomeruli, which are tiny tubes in the kidneys. The kidneys can shut down, and some patients experience kidney failure.

One of the worst things about this complication is that most patients are children under the age of 5, who have no choice in what they are given to eat or drink.

Symptoms of HUS include little to no urine output (oligoanuria), lethargy, pale skin, a skin rash, and bleeding from the nose or mouth. If someone is experiencing these symptoms, it’s critical that they are taken to a doctor immediately. Many of these patients are hospitalized for palliative and supportive care.

Hemolytic uremic syndrome is often diagnosed by these symptoms and the timing of symptoms. An E. coli infection usually starts three to four days after exposure to the pathogen. HUS symptoms usually begin about four days after E. coli infection symptom onset.

UK -Four more E.coli O157 Cases in Scotland Linked to Burgers

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Four more cases of E coli have been linked to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, health bosses said.

The new cases bring the total number to 15 and are all linked to events at the venue on January 17, 18 and 19.

An investigation by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) alongside other public health bodies has indicated that burgers sold at the Hydro could have been the cause of the outbreak.

USA – Two Children Ill with HUS – Possible E.coli Infection

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According to WFMY News in North Carolina, two children in Davidson County have been hospitalized with severe, bloody diarrhea and may be suffering from E. coli infections. The cases were reported on Friday, December 27, 2013. The possible cause of these illnesses is not known at this time.

USA – E.coli O157:H7 Outbreak 3 with HUS

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At least 4 people have been sickened in an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Humboldt County, California, according to the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Of those, 3 developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe complication of E. coli poisoning that causes kidney failure.

The first E. coli case was reported in July of this year, the second in the middle of August and the other two in October.

US Multi State E.coli O145 Outbreak

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Florida is part of an E coli outbreak that includes Georgia and Louisiana, according to the Florida Department of Health. A spokesperson for the Florida DOH told Food Poisoning Bulletin that a case has been confirmed and that they are “using routine processes and working closely with the CDC in the investigation of a potential commonality.”

News of this multi-state outbreak began this week with the death of a toddler in New Orleans. Our investigation has found that Georgia and Florida also have patients ill with the same strain of E. coli 0145. No particular source has been pinpointed as the cause of this outbreak.

The CDC has not released any information about the outbreak. The case count is as follows:

  • Florida (1)
  • Georgia (5)
  • Louisiana (3) (1 death)