E.coli O157 & Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

Tragedy in Ayrshire

21st August 2012

An 8 year-old girl has died at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children after contracting an Ecoli O157 at the end of July. She was initially treated in a hospital near her home and released when her condition seemingly improved. However, doctors were baffled when her blood count plummeted shortly afterwards and she was rushed to hospital at Yorkhill.

It is not believed the case was part of a wider outbreak and an investigation is underway as to the exact source of the infection. It is possible she may have contracted it in the U.S. as she had recently visited her father, who lives in Texas.

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