An E. coli outbreak at Portillo’s in Glendale Heights, IL has sickened four people one of whom has hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a form of kidney failure associated with E. coli infections. The illnesses are associated with food purchased at the restaurant on July 16 and July 17, according to information posted on the Kankakee County Health Department’s Facebook Page.
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Health officials did disclose the suspected food source of the outbreak. E. coli infections are often associated with ground beef and leafy greens.
Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. These symptoms usually develop within one to three days of exposure and last about a week. About 7 percent of E. coli patients, most often young children, develop HUS.
Symptoms of HUS usually appear about one week after initial E. coli symptoms and include pale skin, skin that easily bruises, decreased urine output, lethargy, and bloody diarrhea. Anyone with these symptoms should seek immediate medical care as HUS can be fatal. Treatment for HUS includes transfusions, dialysis, plasma exchange, and kidney transplant.
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