Hawaii Investigates E. coli Outbreak on Oahu
According to news reports, at least 6 children and 3 adults have become ill with E. coli infections since mid-February. Four E. coli outbreak victims were hospitalized, and three children developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. One child remained in the hospital at the end of March, but was recovering.
Interviews with the Oahu E. coli outbreak victims were interviewed, but a source of the outbreak had not been identified by March 28, 2013. The investigation was ongoing, with Hawaiian health officials interviewing outbreak victims to try to determine if a common food was the source of the E. coli.
E. coli are bacteria that can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections in humans. E. coli outbreaks have been traced to foods such as hamburgers, spinach, raw milk, water, and food served at restaurants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that E. coli causes 2,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year.
Symptoms of E. coli Infection
Symptoms of E. coli infection usually begin two to five days after E. coli bacteria are ingested and initially involve sudden gastrointestinal pain and stomach cramping followed by diarrhea within 24 hours. Bloody diarrhea is a classic symptom of E. coli infection.
Ten percent of E. coli victims develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can cause kidney failure, damage to the central nervous system, and ultimately death.
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