The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is investigating an increase in cases of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in Central Missouri during late March and early April, 2012.
Five cases of E. coli O157:H7 have been identified during this time period. Two of the cases, a two-year old child and a seventeen-month old child, reportedly have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe, life-threatening condition that may result in permanent kidney damage in some of those who survived.
The investigation is ongoing and the source of the infections has not been identified.
DHSS recommends that any person who has signs or symptoms of STEC infection should seek medical care.