Doctors place E. coli Belgian boy in intensive care
Doctors placed a four-year-old boy in intensive care after contracting a strain of E. coli from a dish of raw meat, Belgian health authorities said on Friday.
The boy is receiving treatment in Verviers, eastern Belgium, an official with the regional health ministry for Wallonia and Brussels told national media.
The bacteria is not the same strain as that blamed for 43 deaths in neighbouring Germany, Fadila Laanan added.
The E157 strain involved here infects some 50-odd people each year in Belgium.
Experts are working to identify the origin of the contamination, looking specifically at ingredients used in the preparation of steak tartare, or raw minced beef, served to the boy. Investigators are also checking the source of the meat.
© 2011 AFP