E-coli illness kills 1, sickened another child linked to turkey sandwich

cold-sandwich-704143-m.jpgA 4-year-old Oregon girl has died because of complications from E-coli and a friend with whom she shared a turkey sandwich with over the Labor Day weekend is in a Tacoma hospital being treated for kidney failure linked to E-coli.

Serena Faith Profitt, 4, of Otis, died on Monday from what is believed to be Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) which most likely developed from Escherichia coli (E-coli) bacteria. Oregon Health Department officials are determining the likely strain of E-Coli but E-coli O157:H7 is often the bacteria which causes kidney failure.

Serena’s friend, a 5-year-old boy, is still in critical condition but appears to be improving from the same illness. The parents said that the two had shared a turkey sandwich at a dinner at an Oregon restaurant and the sandwich might be the culprit.

Symptoms of E-coli infection can include severe diarrhea and vomiting. In it’s most severe form, it can include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, extreme fatigue, pale skin, persistent fever, bruises and or bleeding from the nose or mouth, decreased urination and swelling.

The most common cause of HUS is E-coli infection. The source of the infection is usually found in contaminated meat or produce or swimming pools or lakes contaminated with human feces.

Small children under the age of 5 , pregnant women and older adults are most apt to become acutely ill from E-coli.

Treatment for HUS can consist of easing symptoms. Some children require an IV. Others undergo kidney dialysis. Some children are treated with medications such as ACE inhibitors.

E-coli infection

Preventing E-coli infection requires food prepares to wash and cook foods adequately and to wash hands and cooking utensils. Children should also avoid swimming in unclean swimming areas.

One of the deadliest E-coli outbreaks occurred in Germany in 2011. 53 people died of E-coli from contaminated sprouts. In 1993, four people died after an outbreak of E-coli linked to undercooked hamburgers from Jack in the Box. In 1996, one person died after contracting E-coli from unpasteurized apple juice manufactured by Odwalla.

For more information, read “Escherichia coli O157:H7 and HUS kidney failure.”

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber law Group. Herbert Farber is a personal injury attorney who has represented E-coli victims in Washington state and helped them obtain compensation for their damages.

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