Three Dutch patients possibly infected with E. coli

31st May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Three cases of E. coli infection have been found in the Netherlands. The patients all suffer from renal failure linked to the bacteria, confirmed the National Institute for Health and Environment RIVM Monday.

Those fallen ill have were previously diagnosed with intestinal infection following visits to Germany. They are also experiencing severe kidney problems linked to haemolytic-uremic syndrome HUS, a disorder that results from severe digestive infection.

In one case, it is certain that the HUS was caused by the German E. coli bacteria. RIVM suspects the same of the other two cases but tests so far are inconclusive.

An outbreak of E. coli linked to Dutch cucumber exports has killed ten in Germany and left hundreds in hospital.

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