E coli crisis wanes but kidney transplant fears rise
Published 16/06/2011 | 05:00
AS Europe's E coli crisis wanes, some experts are now warning of a looming threat: possible long-term kidney complications for many of the victims.
Many of the roughly 3,200 E coli patients are returning home, and only a handful of new cases are being reported.
But along with a record death toll of 38, the outbreak also produced an unprecedented number of patients with a rare ailment known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can lead to kidney failure.
Germany could now face dozens of patients needing kidney transplants. "We cannot forget these people," said Dr Karl Lauterbach, a health expert with the opposition Social Democrats. "We need more kidney donations, we need a better treatment system."