17 June, 2011

E. coli in France and Sweden: Unrelated to Germany Outbreak

E. coli Outbreak Affects Children in France
Seven children in the Nord Pas-de-Calais region of France are currently in the hospital being treated for an E. coli infection. Health officials are linking this outbreak to frozen hamburger patties made by the company Lidl as four of the children consumed these patties before becoming ill. These children range from 18 months to 8 years of age and are all being treated for hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a kind of kidney failure related to E. coli.

Although it has been confirmed that this E. coli strain is not related to the same one that has killed 38 people in Germany, one in Sweden and affected over 3,000, people in France are still very concerned. It appears that the “Steak Country” boxes of meat have been expired since May 12, which maybe have led to the outbreak. French health authorities have recalled the hamburger meat in hopes to prevent more people from becoming sick.

Dog Show in Sweden Spreads EHEC
After attending a dog show in Norrköping, Sweden in the first weekend of June, two Swedes are confirmed as being infected with enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC). The dog show had about 120 participants, so health officials are expecting many more cases stemming from this event. In addition, several dogs have come down with stomach pains, which may mean that they were infected as well. The National Food Administration and the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control are trying to determine the outbreak source.

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