Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)
In some persons, particularly children under 5 years of age and the elderly, a shiga toxin-producing E. coli infection can also cause a severe 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.
CDC: Escherichia coli O157:H7
Fact sheet answers some common questions about E. coli O157:H7 and HUS.
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