Snohomish Health District: Two young children hospitalized for complications from STEC infection

Snohomish Health District: Two young children hospitalized for complications from STEC infection

The Snohomish Health District in Washington State said that two young kids have been admitted in hospital for complications due to a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection. The school where both of them study has been temporarily shut down as other kids and staff may have got exposed to the bacteria.

According to Dr. Gary Goldblum, health officer and director of the Health District, the exact source of E. coli contamination can be quite tough to find, but presently, they think the children probably came in contact with livestock near their home.

Dr Goldblum added that the school, at 733 Village Way in Monroe, Washington, is fully cooperative with them while they interact with the families and work on present policies and procedures in an attempt to avoid such incidents from happening again.

E. coli bacteria prevail in the intestines of Livestock, and they don’t fall ill from such bacteria because they don’t possess the same genetic profile like humans. In case an individual ingests fecal matter or food or water contaminated with STEC bacteria, they can fall sick. Just 10 bacteria are enough to make a person sick.

An E. coli infection’s symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea that could be watery and/or bloody, mild fever and vomiting. The illness hit harder to young kids, expectant women, patients of chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems, and the old people. The most prevalent problem is hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can devastate the kidneys and result into stroke, kidney failure, and life loss. Nearly 5% to 10% of the ones diagnosed with an E. coli O157 infection can suffer from HUS.

HUS symptoms include decreased or no urination, tiredness, nose or mouth bleeding, or easy bruising. Anybody suffering from these symptoms should consult a doctor immediately without wasting any time.