June 26, 2007: E.coli Infection Hospitalizes Two Vermont Children

Two children from the central Vermont communities of Randolph and Barre Town are being treated in separate Boston hospitals for kidney failure, resulting as a complication of E.coli infections. Presently, health officials believe that the cases are unrelated.

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As reported by David Delcore in the Times Argus, the five-year-old Barre Town girl and the three-year-old Randolph girl are on dialysis after being diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS.  HUS is a rare but life-threatening complication of E. coli infection, characterized by kidney failure and destruction of red blood cells.  HUS is most commonly associated with a specific strain of E. coli, known as O157:H7.  Children and the elderly are the most susceptible to complications resulting from an E. coli infection.

According to Vermont State Epidemiologist Patricia Tassler, the severity of the two cases reported this month is unusual, and that preliminary investigations have not pinpointed the source of what appears to be two unrelated infections.

E. coli is most often associated with eating undercooked, contaminated ground beef. Since E. coli can be found in the intestines of healthy cattle, meat can become contaminated during slaughter. Other sources of infection include the consumption of non-pasteurized milk and juice, sprouts, leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach, and salami; swimming in sewage-contaminated lakes and pools; or drinking inadequately chlorinated water.

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