At least three children in Iowa—including 18 month old baby and a 12-year-old boy hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) caused by Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. But health officials do not yet know the source of the outbreak.
The Jackson County Health Department is “working to determine what may have caused the outbreak” as it conducts contact tracing, according to Clinton Herald. (related: 7 healthiest foods to eat right now)
“We’ve talked to some people in Jackson County who had similar gastrointestinal symptoms,” said community health manager Michelle Cullen. telegraph herald.
HUS occurs when the small blood vessels in the kidneys become inflamed, which can lead to kidney failure. Mayo Clinic. Although it is most common in young children, symptoms can develop in anyone. The first symptom is usually diarrhea, but early symptoms also include abdominal pain, fever, and vomiting.
Eating contaminated meat or products, swimming with feces in pools or lakes, or coming into close contact with an infected person increases the risk of developing HUS from E. coli. Most E. coli infections do not turn into HUS, the Mayo Clinic says.
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