Posts Tagged ‘diarrhea’

When HUS Happens

Posted by Rena Xu • November 9th, 2011

As far as modern-day villains go, a side salad may not seem all that menacing.  Yet researchers now believe that such salads – or more specifically, the contaminated sprouts they contained – were behind the terrifying outbreak of bloody diarrhea and hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) in Northern Germany this past May. The likely chain of events,… Read More…

Clostridium difficile

Posted by Graham McMahon • November 4th, 2011

In a prospective cohort study of patients admitted to hospitals in Quebec and Ontario, 2.8% of patients had Clostridium difficile infection and 3.0% had asymptomatic C. difficile colonization during hospitalization. Most patients with C. difficile infection had the NAP1 strain. Clostridium difficile is the leading cause of health care-associated infectious diarrhea. After exposure to C…. Read More…

Natural Rotavirus Infection in an Indian Birth Cohort: How Much Protection Does It Give?

Posted by Jennifer Zeis • July 27th, 2011

Rotaviruses cause more than half a million deaths each year, and approximately 23 percent of these deaths occur in India. There are two vaccines available for use to prevent rotavirus gastroenteritis in infants and children: RotaTeq and Rotarix. But RotaTeq was introduced in India only earlier this year, and access to it is limited. Oral… Read More…

Travelers’ Diarrhea

Posted by Graham McMahon • June 29th, 2011

In this week’s Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 30-year-old man was seen in the emergency room because of the acute onset of diarrhea 2 days after his return from a trip to the Caribbean. He was afebrile, and the diarrhea was watery without blood. A diagnostic test was performed. Diarrhea is a… Read More…