E.coli O157 & Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

Rare strain of E.coli delays diagnosis in Norwegien child

2nd February 2012

A one-year-old was infected with the E.coli O113 and was hospitalised in Norway two weeks ago. Thankfully it is now recovering. Rareness of this particular strain of E.coli meant the child was not diagnosed for days after becoming ill.

Just four serious incidents following O113 infection have ever been recorded in Europe. Antibiotics are not prescribed for the bacteria, but fluids are the best course of action to combat it instead.

The nursery that the child attends is collaborating with community health services and will be tightening up its hygiene policy. All door handles and other contact surfaces are to be cleaned, in addition to the other extraordinary hygiene measures that have been initiated.

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