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  • WI: E-coli outbreak hospitalizes 6 La Crosse County children out of 8 cases

    Source: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/loca...cdc7a41d3.html


    E-coli outbreak hospitalizes 6 La Crosse County children out of 8 cases
    MIKE TIGHE 1 hr ago

    The La Crosse County Health Department is investigating eight cases of a “particularly nasty form” of the e-coli bacteria that forced the hospitalization of six children.

    Some of the children have recovered and been released from the hospital, said Paula Silha, education manager at the Health Department who declined to name where the children live for privacy concerns.

    The families are concerned about messages that might appear on social media, in particular, Silha said.

    E-coli is a bacterial infection that is more common during the summer months. Cases can be linked or individual.

    The variant in these cases, e-coli 0157, is “a particularly nasty form, which produces a toxin that can be harmful to the body organs such as the kidneys,” Silha said.

    The hospitalized children had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a toxin that can damage kidneys, she said.

    This form also is called shiga toxin-producing escherichia coli, and the Health Department is working with the Wisconsin Division of Health to contain the outbreak, Silha said...

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