Causes and Symptoms of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)

In some persons, particularly children under 5 years of age and the elderly, an E. coli O157:H7 infection can also cause a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

  • About 2%-7% of E. coli O157:H7 infections lead to HUS.

  • With HUS Infection, the red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail.

  • In the United States, HUS is the principal cause of acute kidney failure in children, and most cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome are caused by E. coli O157:H7.

Fact Sheet

Escherichia coli O157:H7
CDC; Fact sheet answers some common questions about E. coli O157:H7 and HUS.Attention: Non-MDH link

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Updated Tuesday, 16-Nov-2010 12:21:09 CST