E. coli is a bacteria that is normally found in the intestines of humans and animals. While most strains are harmless or beneficial, certain strains can cause Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a severe type of kidney failure that is often associated with food poisoning outbreaks.
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What is Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome?
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) is a type of kidney failure that occurs when damaged red blood cells start to clog the filtering system in the kidneys. HUS can occur in people of any age, but it is most common in young children under 5 who experience prolonged, bloody diarrhea — often due to food poisoning from certain strains of Escherichia coli. About 5-10% of cases of HUS are fatal.
HUS and E. Coli O157:H7
The most common cause of HUS is E. coli, usually the O157:H7 strain, which produces Shiga toxin. Infection with this strain progresses to HUS in about 2-7% of cases. However, many other strains can cause HUS or severe food poisoning. Infection typically causes severe, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting.
How Does It Spread?
E. coli spreads when people ingest feces contaminated with the bacteria. It is frequently found in meat that is contaminated with cattle manure during the slaughtering process — especially ground beef, which can contain meat from hundreds of cows. Outbreaks are also commonly linked to unpasteurized juice or raw, fresh produce that has been sprayed with contaminated water or come in contact with manure fertilizer.
People who experience symptoms of HUS should seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Abdominal pain
- Pale skin tone
- Fatigue and irritability
- Small, unexplained bruises
- Bleeding from the nose and mouth
- Blood in the urine
- Swelling of the face, hands, feet, or whole body
- Decreased urination
Additional Information & Resources
- Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome — National Institute of Health (NIH)
- Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome: An Emerging Health Risk — American Family Physician
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