Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Potentially deadly E. coli-related kidney infection concerns Canadian nephrologist in Europe

Paris, France- Already the deadliest outbreak of the virus in modern history, E. coli O104 has a particularly devastating effect on the kidneys that sets it apart from other strains. And as the current E. coli outbreak spreads beyond Germany’s borders, Canadian nephrologist and transplant expert Dr. Kim Solez – currently in Paris – says there’s growing reason for concern.
“This particular strain of e-coli is unlike many of the ones we’ve experienced in the past.  The increased potential for serious kidney involvement means that it has to be treated differently than other outbreaks, and it’s important that people know the facts about it so that they can protect themselves,” explains Solez. “Of course since we don’t know the specific source, the best thing to do is make sure you seek medical attention immediately should you begin experiencing symptoms. You don’t want to delay getting help to the point where kidney failure necessitates artificial kidney treatments or a transplant.”
Potentially fatal haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) - which results in the breakdown of red blood cells and acute kidney failure – has already been identified in over 600 people exposed to E. coli. The condition can be particularly deadly in children under the age of 5 and has already resulted in 16 reported deaths. The kidney expert makes clear that this outbreak should not be taken lightly.
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Rachel Sentes, Publicist

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