E. Coli Outbreak Causes HUS: Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Diagnosed in Two of Brazos County E. Coli Victims
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) is a very rare but very serious condition that can afflict those who become sick from the E. Coli bacteria. Children are much more susceptible to developing hemolytic uremic syndrome after E. Coli infection than adults, although the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are also at risk. This syndrome can lead to permanent and debilitating injuries and even death, so it is important to be aware of the signs, symptoms and treatment options as they relate to Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome.
Oftentimes, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome will not develop until well after the symptoms commonly associated with E. Coli have developed. At that point, especially in children, it is common to see symptoms such as decreased urine output, red urine, unexplained bruises, unusual bleeding, swollen limbs or generalized swelling, extreme fatigue, or the lack of urine output. If your child suffers from any of these symptoms, take them to a doctor immediately.
Health officials in Brazos County are investigating the outbreak, which they believe came from a somewhat rare and very severe strain of E. coli. In all. They are examining eight possible cases of E. coli infections in the county, which discovered about a week and half ago.
There were eight cases of suspected E. coli infection in the county, and five have already been confirmed as Escherichia coli 0157:H7, which is a strain of the E. coli bacteria that produces a toxin called shiga, infection from which can lead to severe stomach cramps, watery and often bloody diarrhea, vomiting and in some rare cases, HUS, or even death. Most people infected improve within five to seven days and in some cases, death. Two of those cases, both children, an 18-month-old and his 4-year-old brother from College Station, are being treated for HUS at Texas Children‘s Hospital in Houston. They were admitted to the hospital in critical condition, but they have been upgraded to fair. The other six victims who became sick are adults, and were not hospitalized. Health officials are fairly suspicious that the three remaining cases are, E. coli infections, but they have yet to be confirmed.
Investigators are also working hard to identify the source of the bacteria, which is usually found in meats, produce, and sometimes water, that is contaminated with feces, so they are interviewing the victims to find out what they’ve eaten recently and where. Thus far this year, Harris County has seen six cases of E. coli infection, but health officials have found nothing suspicious about any of the incidents as yet.
Health officials have warned parents who notice symptoms of E. coli infection in their children to take them to a doctor immediately, and to not give them antibiotics under any circumstances, which can actually make E. coli 0157 infection worse.
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