CDC Warns of Shiga-Toxin Producing E. Coli Infections in Travelers Returning from Germany
The CDC is monitoring a large outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infections which originated in Germany. As of May 31, 2011, the Robert Koch Institute reported 470 patients with hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS (a severe condition associated with STEC infection that can lead to kidney failure), and nine deaths. The strain of STEC that is causing this illness is very rare.
Read the full Notice to Health Care Providers from the CDC.