Eight year old boy dies: EHEC infection was not the cause of death

Eight year old boy dies: EHEC infection was not the cause of death

Confirmation: Eight-year-old child in Witten did not die from EHEC
After the death of an eight-year-old student in Witten (North Rhine-Westphalia), the local health department has now confirmed that the boy did not die of an EHEC infection. The child had previously been infected with the intestinal germ.

Boy didn't die of EHEC
The eight-year-old boy, who died last week in Witten in North Rhine-Westphalia, did not die of an EHEC infection. This resulted in an autopsy, as the police and the local health department said. It was known that the second grader had become infected with the intestinal germ. In addition, 13 other children at the boy's primary school had diarrhea at the same time. The district health office ordered the examination of stool samples. According to the information, no disease with EHEC nor with the Noro virus was detected in three. The results of the other samples are expected for the next few days.

Five years ago, thousands were ill
The EHEC epidemic in 2011 had shown how easily the pathogens can spread and what the dramatic consequences are in this case. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), more than 3,500 people at the time were seriously ill from the effects of the EHEC germ. An essential symptom of an EHEC infection is a watery, bloody diarrhea-like bowel movement, usually accompanied by severe cramping abdominal pain, fever, nausea and vomiting. The various complications can be accompanied by a variety of other symptoms such as kidney pain, increased liver function tests and urinary poisoning (uraemia). According to health experts, a doctor should be consulted at the first symptoms.

Diarrhea in January is not uncommon
What the eight-year-old died of was not disclosed. And also on how much the EHEC disease had progressed, there were no details on Friday. A spokesman for the police headquarters in Bochum said the boy had died of natural causes. The sick children are said to be doing well according to the circumstances. "As far as I know there is none in the hospital," said the spokesman for the Ennepe-Ruhr district, Ingo Niemann, according to "derwesten.de". In January, 13 diarrheal diseases in a school are also not uncommon. "It is the heyday of the Noro viruses," said the spokesman. (ad)

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