Chairman of the Romanian Society of Microbiology Alexandru Rafila on Thursday said that the cause for the recent Arges infants falling ill with the haemolytic-uremic syndrome is Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, serotype 026, which is different from the E-coli usually inhabiting the human intestines.
"In over 90 percent of the haemolytic-uremic syndrome cases there is a correlation with the presence of this Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli germ that secretes toxins. The enteropathogenic E-coli is the type that generates diarrhoea without toxin secretion. The cause of the haemolytic-uremic syndrome in this case is Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, serotype 026. This E-coli 026 is a different strain from what we usually host in our intestine and that is highly pathogenic because it generates toxins," Rafila told a news conference at the Marie Curie Hospital of Bucharest.
He ruled out other hypotheses, such as viral infection, rotavirus, vaccination or chemical poisoning. AGERPRES