On June 8 the presence of the E.coli bacteria was confirmed in a patient who had been admitted to the University Hospital of L. Pasteur in Košice, the TASR newswire reported.
The patient is in serious condition, diagnosed with haemolytic-uremic syndrome.
“The patient has disrupted parameters in blood count and trouble with his kidney. Moreover, small haemorrhages on his skin can be seen,” Jaroslava Oravcová, the spokesperson for the Košice hospital, told TASR on June 9.
According to Ivan Schréter, the head of the hospital’s infectious disease and travel medicine clinic, the exact strain of the E.coli bacteria found in the patient had not yet been identified but he added that “for the moment we cannot fully rule out that it is the epidemic strain of E.coli”, the SITA newswire reported. The results of the microbiological tests were expected to be available on June 10.
This is the first officially confirmed case of E.coli-caused disease in Slovakia, the Korzár.sk website of the Sme daily, wrote. The E.coli bacteria spread through eating or contact with contaminated food and animals. Health authorities recommend washing food before preparing it and cooking it thoroughly.
Source: TASR, SITA, Korzár.sk
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Jun 2011 at 14:00