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The Foreigner Hospitals put on E. coli alert. Norwegian health authorities have told all hospitals to report incidents of E. coli after a major outbreak on the continent. One man in his 40s is in hospital in Kristiansand with bloody diarrhoea caused by EHEC after possibly eating infected food from Germany. EHEC (Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli) bacteria, also known as O.104, can lead to patients developing a serious kidney disease called HUS (haemolytic uraemic syndrome), which can cause acute kidney failure.

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Hospitals put on E. coli alert

Published on Tuesday, 31st May, 2011 at 11:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 31st May 2011 at 11:17.

Norwegian health authorities have told all hospitals to report incidents of E. coli after a major outbreak on the continent.



One man in his 40s is in hospital in Kristiansand with bloody diarrhoea caused by EHEC after possibly eating infected food from Germany.

EHEC (Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli) bacteria, also known as O.104, can lead to patients developing a serious kidney disease called HUS (haemolytic uraemic syndrome), which can cause acute kidney failure.

“Medical personnel have identified he has German connections and believe he has the same bacteria. We have sent out an email reminding all hospitals to notify us immediately by phone about any suspected cases of EHEC and HUS,” Bjørn Iversen, senior medical officer at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI), tells The Foreigner.

Whilst the man’s condition is not believed to be serious, 14 people in Germany have died so far after contracting EHEC from what is believed to up to two Spanish producers of organic vegetables. 300 are being treated for HUS.

There have also been cases of EHEC in Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, and France. German authorities advise people not to eat cucumbers, tomatoes, or lettuce.

Although no other cases of EHEC or HUS have so far been reported in Norway, Mr Iversen says, “We expect more sporadic cases with a German connection in the next 10 days or so and agree with the Germans’ advice.”

“We also recommend washing all vegetables that are not going to be cooked thoroughly,” he continues.

In an unrelated case, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) says 240 cucumbers from one of the Spanish producers have been imported to Trøndelag and have been distributed by wholesalers Økomat Innherred BA and Økomat Helt Nord.

“We do not know if any of these have been available for sale in any supermarkets,” says advisor Torunn Stalheim.



Published on Tuesday, 31st May, 2011 at 11:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 31st May 2011 at 11:17.

This post has the following tags: ecoli, o104, ehec, spanishvegetables, kidneyfailure.





  
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