“The doctors no longer have much hope of saving her kidneys…” As her father indicated to Le Parisien on Friday, Élise, 7 years old, risks having to undergo an organ transplant after eating morbier with raw milk and having been contaminated with Escherichia coli (E. Coli).
This bacteria can cause, in rare cases like that of the little girl, “hemolytic uremic syndrome” (HUS).
In total, 11 children with HUS – including five in the same nursery – were infected with this same epidemic strain at the end of last year, indicates Public Health France.
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More than a hundred children on average are affected each year, a number that has tended to increase since monitoring began thirty years ago.
The year 2022, marked by several collective infections from industrial pizzas, was record-breaking with 253 cases recorded.
Rémi Salomon, head of the pediatric nephrology department at Necker hospital (AP-HP), explains to us in particular how these serious problems manifest themselves.
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