Health officials warn people on vacation in Egypt to see what they eat in the midst of rising cases of deadly food poisoning
- A powerful tribe of E.coli has ensured that at least 18 people became ill this year
- Tourists traveling to the Hurghada region on the east coast are infected
- People should not eat salad or raw vegetables or drink tap water
Health employers warn people traveling to Egypt to be careful what they eat because of a potentially deadly food poisoning bug.
At least 18 people have already caught an E.coli strain that produces a toxin called Shiga.
Although it usually only causes diarrhea and vomiting, such as typical food poisoning, it can lead to a rare complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
HUS, diagnosed only once in England this year among people traveling from Egypt – and 16 times since 2009, can cause the kidneys to fail and become deadly.
Holidaymakers are advised not to eat salads or raw vegetables, to ensure that their meat is properly cooked and to avoid ice or tap water.
Public Health England warns people traveling to Egypt to be careful what they eat and to avoid salads and raw vegetables as much as possible to reduce the risk of getting infected with a dangerous strain of E.coli (stock image)
Public Health England made the announcement to warn travelers, and added that it could also apply to those on their way to Spain or Turkey.
In Egypt, the main concern is the coastal area of Hurghada on the eastern coast of the Red Sea, about 290 miles south of Cairo.
Everyone whose cases were registered by PHE had visited this area.
"We are aware of people returning from Egypt with E. coli infections, some with a severe kidney complication called haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)," Dr. Nick Phin from PHE.
& # 39; There are simple precautions that travelers can take.
& # 39; These include ensuring that the meat is properly cooked, does not drink tap water or ice from tap water, and tries to prevent the water from swallowing while swimming. & # 39;
WHAT IS E.COLI AND WHY IS IT DANGEROUS?
E. coli (Escherichia coli) are bacteria that generally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals.
Infections can then occur come into contact with the faeces of people or animals, or by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.
Symptoms of an E.coli infection are bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting.
Rarely, patients may develop a type of renal failure, the hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
This is a condition where there is abnormal destruction of platelets and red blood cells.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the damaged blood cells can block the kidney's filter system, resulting in life-threatening kidney failure.
There is currently no treatment to treat these infections. They usually disappear within a week, but medical professionals recommend resting and drinking fluids to prevent dehydration and fatigue.
Other advice from the public health body included avoiding fruit that cannot be peeled and that does not consume unpasteurized milk, cheese or cream.
E.coli – full name Escherichia coli – is a bacterium that is common in the intestines or in humans and animals and is usually harmless.
However, some strains can cause unpleasant food poisoning. The main symptoms of infection are diarhhoea and vomiting, which generally disappear within a few days without medical treatment.
However, very young or old people can develop HUS. Although this is rare, its consequences can be terrible.
HUS causes the destruction of red blood cells in small blood vessels damaged by the infection and can cause abdominal pain and blood in the stool.
More serious effects can be anemia, temporary renal failure but permanent damage and damage to the brain, intestine, heart, liver or pancreas.
Dr. Phin added: Iedereen Anyone suffering from diarrhea and vomiting should ensure that they remain well hydrated and seek medical advice if their symptoms do not improve within 48 hours.
& # 39; They should also prevent them from preparing or serving food while having symptoms and washing their hands thoroughly after using the toilet to prevent the bug being passed on to others.
& # 39; Persons with symptoms after returning from vacation should seek medical advice from their doctor or NHS 111. & # 39;
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