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06/07/24 Public Health Education Topic: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)

Per CDC:


KEY POINTS

  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is very serious complication of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection.

  • It can lead to kidney failure, permanent health problems, and even death.

  • Seek medical care immediately if you notice signs of HUS.


What to look out for:

Signs that someone with diarrhea may be developing HUS include:

  • Urinating (peeing) less often or not at all

  • Losing pink color in cheeks and inside the lower eyelids

  • Unexplained bruising or tiny red spots on the skin

  • Having blood in the urine (pee)

  • Feeling very tired or irritable (cranky)

  • Decreased awareness (alertness)



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