Health Advisory: Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) Cases in Central Missouri

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is investigating an increase in cases of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in Central Missouri during late March and early April, 2012.  Five cases of E. coli O157:H7 have been identified during this time period.  Two of the cases, a two-year old child and a seventeen-month old child, reportedly have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe, life-threatening condition that may result in permanent kidney damage in some of those who survive.

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