More Violent Strain of E.Coli Emerging: New E.Coli Strain Causing Even More Damaging form of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
E. coli O157:H7 food poisoning is actually quite common. It’s so common that many people just work through relatively minor symptoms without getting particularly sick. But for some, E. coli food poisoning can be a very serious matter. It is known to be dangerous to many people, who experience very painful and extreme symptoms, including abdominal pain and cramping and diarrhea. Sometimes the diarrhea can even be bloody. In Some severe cases of E. Coli O157:H7 food poisoning, patients can develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, which can lead to kidney failure, damage to other organs and brain damage. In a number of cases, E. Coli O157:H7 infection can lead to long hospitalizations, and even death.
But according to some new research coming out of Europe, there is a new strain of E. Coli to worry about; one that is actually potentially more damaging. In a report by a 17-member team of researchers at the Institute for Hygiene in Munster, Germany, which was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, a highly virulent clone of Enter hemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) 026 (more commonly known as E. Coli 026) has been discovered, and seems to be spreading through parts of Europe.
The researchers studied hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, cases among children in Scotland, and found that “clinical severity and outcomes for the children with 026-HUS were worse than for children requiring treatment for 0157-HUS.” They discovered that those children infected with E. coli 026 contracted “more severe and complicated forms of HUS than those caused by E. coli 0157.”
If you or a loved one has been sickened by food contamination, or you think food contamination has led to the untimely death of a loved one, you’ll need a lawyer to protect your rights. It is important to move quickly to preserve evidence and your rights, so call the Food Poisoning Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm immediately.