March 30, 2015

National Kidney Month, Learn Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Risks

E. coli-HUS Damages Red Blood Cells

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) is a life-threatening complication of E. coli infections that causes kidney failure, primarily in young children. Because March is Kidney Month, it's a good time to learn the risks and symptoms of HUS. In the United States, HUS from E. coli infections is the most common cause of serious kidney injury in children and the most common cause of E. coli deaths.  About 7, 500 cases are diagnosed each year. And most E. coli infections in children are caused by contaminated food or drinks. E. coli outbreaks have been linked to hamburger, mechanically tenderized steak, lettuce, spinach, sprouts, raw milk, raw cheese, unpasteurized apple cider, strawberries, hazelnuts, frozen pizza and other frozen food products and cookie dough. Symptoms of E.coli infection … [Read more...]

E. coli Takes Life of 4-Year-Old Oregon Girl

E. coli Bacteria

A 4-year-old Oregon girl has died from complications of an E.coli infection she contracted Labor Day weekend.  Serena Profitt was surrounded by her family and friends when she was removed from life support at Doernbecher Children's Hospital around 9:30 p.m. last night. "She's the most vibrant young girl ever; she's just sweet loving and so amazing, so smart, just a heart that is of gold," aunt Aleahsa Hargitt, told Fox 12 News. Serena became sick after a visit to Lincoln City. Her family brought her to a hospital in McMinnville. After she went into kidney failure, she was rushed to Doernbecher where she was diagnosed with E. coli. She seemed fine on Sunday morning, but suffered a stroke at 4:00 p.m. Serena was suffering from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication  that … [Read more...]

E. coli HUS Strikes Four in Kansas

HUS E. coli can be life-threatening

Four people in Kansas have been diagnosed with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) a life-threatening condition arising from some E.coli infections that causes kidney failure, KCTV is reporting. The source of the illnesses is unknown at this time. HUS usually affects children and teens but it adults can develop it, too.  One of the case patients is a 20-year-old woman who was hospitalized and released. About 5 percent of people with E.coli infections will develop HUS which causes damage to and premature destruction of red blood cells which clog the kidneys preventing their ability to filter blood. Treatment of HUS includes dialysis, plasma exchange and blood transfusions.  Long-term complications of HUS include kidney problems and high blood pressure. … [Read more...]

Blood Drive For OK Boy Battling E. coli HUS Kidney Failure

HUS E. coli can be life-threatening

The Oklahoma Blood Institute is holding a special blood drive for eight-year-old Connor Sneary, one of the youngest victims of an E. coli outbreak associated with the Oklahoma Youth Expo. A dozen people became sick after attending the event held in March at the Oklahoma state fairgrounds.  Sneary and another child, who is two years old, have both been hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening complication of E. coli infections in young children that causes kidney failure and other complications. Sneary is undergoing dialysis and blood transfusions in the intensive care unit at OU Children's Hospital, according to local news reports. He is in critical condition. The blood drive for him will be held on Tuesday, April 8, from noon to 6 p.m., at the First … [Read more...]

Farm Rich E. coli Outbreak Sickened 35


One year ago, an E. coli outbreak linked to Farm Rich frozen products was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 19-state outbreak,  the seventh-largest, multi-state food poisoning outbreak of 2013, sickened 35 people, most of them under the age of 21. A number of Farm Rich products were recalled in association with the outbreak including Mozzarella Bites, Mini Pizza Slices, Mini Quesadillas and Philly Cheese Steaks which were all distributed nationwide. Retailers that sold the products included: Alco, Food Lion, Food City, Price Chopper Ralph’s, Safeway, Schnuck’s, Supervalu, Target, and Winn Dixie. Of the 10 million pounds products recalled, about 300,000 pounds were sold to schools. About 82 percent of those infected with the E.coli outbreak strain … [Read more...]

Foster Farms Plant Cleared To Reopen by USDA


The Foster Farms plant that was closed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) on Wednesday, January 8 for cockroach infestation has been cleared by the agency to reopen Saturday, January 10. The plant is one of three operated by the company that has been linked to an ongoing multi-state Salmonella outbreak. A statement on the company's website says all employees at the Livingston, CA plant employees will be called back to work January 11. During the closure, the company cleaned and sanitized the plant and developed "a comprehensive preventative plan with full documentation that received USDA-FSIS approval." The Salmonella outbreak, which was announced in October, has sickened at least 416 people in 23 states. About 40 percent of those who … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Sickens Four in Humboldt County CA

HUS E. coli can be life-threatening

An E.coli outbreak has sickened four people in Humboldt County, California. Since July, four people have contracted E.coli infections from the same source which county and state health officials are working to identify. Lab tests have confirmed that all four cases were caused by the same E.coli strain, never before seen in California. Three of those sickened developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of E. coli infection characterized by kidney failure. HUS can also damage the nervous system or cause stroke, coma, blindness and death. “In most cases where the illnesses are spread out like this, the cause is food that has been frozen,” said Fred Pritzker, a food safety attorney who represents E.coli and HUS victims. “Although contact with cows, goats and even … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Sickens 3 in KY and IN

E. coli outbreak linked to petting zoo is investigated by food safety lawyers

An E. coli outbreak has sickened three children in Kentucky and Indiana, health officials say. All three of the children required hospitalization, Amanda Turney, spokeswoman for the Indiana State Department of Health, told Food Poisoning Bulletin. One child has been treated and released, but the other two remain hospitalized. A specific source of the outbreak has not been identified. However, all three children visited Huber's Orchard, Winery and Vineyards in Starlight, IN between September 20 and September 28. At least one of the children visited the petting zoo at Huber's. Turney said at this time the petting zoo has not been identified as the source of the outbreak but that the health department is working with the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. E.coli outbreaks have … [Read more...]

E.coli Outbreak in Marin County Sickens Six

E. coli HUS

An E. coli outbreak in Marin County, CA has sickened six people, according to the latest upadte from public health officials. Four of the patients are children. Five cases of confirmed E.coli infection and one presumed case have been recorded by Marin County health officials since Sept. 22. Four of those sickened have required hospitalization. Two remain hospitalized in stable condition, two have been discharged. Health officials are interviewing the patients who are from Tiburon, San Anselmo, Inverness and San Rafael to determine if the cases share a common source and if they are linked to cases outside of Marin County. The Public Health Laboratory is performing DNA fingerprinting on the bacteria found in stool samples from each patient. This will determine if they were all … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak in Marin County Sickens Four


An E. coli outbreak in Marin County, CA has sickened four people, according to the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services.  State and county health officials are working together to see if the cases may be linked to others outside the county. Three cases of E.coli 0157:H7 infection have been confirmed, one is suspected. Three of those sickened live in Tiburon, one person is from Inverness. They are believed to have been exposed between September 11 and September 15. No new cases have been reported  since that time.  A specific source of the outbreak has not yet been determined. E. coli is a bacteria that lives in the intestines of animals. It is transmitted when people eat food contaminated with microscopic amounts fecal matter. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include … [Read more...]

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