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Type: Journal article
Title: Haemolytic-uraemic syndrome outbreak caused by Escherichia coli O111:H-: clinical outcomes
Author: Henning, P.
Tham, E.
Martin, A.
Beare, T.
Jureidini, K.
Citation: Medical Journal of Australia, 1998; 168(11):552-555
Issue Date: 1998
ISSN: 0314-514X
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Paul H Henning, Edythe B C Tham, Anne A Martin, Tom H Beare, Ken F Jureidini
Abstract: In South Australia in 1995, we treated 20 children with haemolytic-uraemic syndrome associated with Escherichia coli O111:H-. The source of the outbreak was contaminated locally produced semi-dry fermented sausage (mettwurst). One child died of multiple haemorrhagic cerebral infarcts. Eighteen children required renal dialysis (for a median of 14 days); 12 months after discharge five still had significant impairment of renal function. Other major complications included colonic necrosis (3), cerebral haemorrhage/infarction (3), convulsions (4), and glucose intolerance (2). Although E. coli O111:H- has been associated with sporadic cases of haemolytic-uraemic syndrome, this was the first large outbreak reported in Australia.
Keywords: Animals; Swine; Humans; Escherichia coli; Escherichia coli Infections; Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome; Treatment Outcome; Length of Stay; Disease Outbreaks; Meat Products; Child; Child, Preschool; Infant; South Australia; Female; Male
RMID: 0030005450
DOI: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.1998.tb139083.x
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