EHEC infection was found in two children

EHEC infection was found in two children

In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern two children have EHEC. According to the State Office for Health and Social Affairs in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a two-year-old boy and an eleven-year-old girl in Northwest Mecklenburg have been infected with EHEC pathogens, reports the "Norddeutsche Rundfunk" (NDR).

After the EHEC epidemic last year, in which, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there were around 4,000 EHEC infections and 53 deaths, the authorities are sensitized to the occurrence of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC). According to the State Health Office, there is currently no fear of the spread of infections in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Several daycare children show diarrheal diseases The 11-year-old student from Wismar was diagnosed with EHEC shortly after returning from a vacation in Egypt. The authorities therefore assume that the patient has already contracted the pathogen on vacation. The situation is different for the two-year-old boy from the Northwest Mecklenburg region. He visited a daycare center in the Neukloster community. In the past few days, diarrheal diseases had also occurred in several children in his daycare center group, according to the district administration of Northwest Mecklenburg. These diseases may also be related to the intestinal bacteria. The boy's infection was reported last Thursday and officially confirmed on Tuesday. Comprehensive disinfection measures were therefore carried out on the day care center premises, but the facility was not closed.

EHEC infections may be life-threatening EHEC pathogens occur in numerous different variants, which are not all equally dangerous for the human organism. Many EHEC pathogens only cause harmless EHEC symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Others, on the other hand, can increasingly cause the so-called hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), which can cause considerable kidney damage and can be life-threatening for the patient. However, the HUS has not yet broken out in the two children from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, so that the authorities see no particular health risk here. The first director of the State Office for Health in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Heiko Will, did not provide specific information on the health status of the children, however.

4,000 infections in the course of the EHEC epidemic 2011 During the EHEC wave of infections last year, thousands of people had contracted the pathogens of the genus O104: H4, which had not yet occurred in Germany. The infections were particularly severe and more than 800 patients suffered from hemolytic-uremic syndrome. The pathogens were able to spread through Egyptian fenugreek seeds, which were sprouted on an organic farm in the Uelzen district and were distributed mainly in northern Germany. After the source of the infection was identified, the number of new infections declined rapidly and the authorities announced the end of the EHEC epidemic. However, the dangerous intestinal germ is still present in our environment, so that, according to the experts, isolated outbreaks can be expected. (fp)

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