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March 30, 2023

Two more toddlers suspected of haemolytic uremic syndrome

Two more toddlers suspected of haemolytic uremic syndrome will be transferred to the ‘Marie Curie’ Hospital in Bucharest. The toddlers, a 14-month-old and 16-month-old from Turnul Magurele and Alexandria, Teleorman County, are suspected of haemolytic uremic syndrome. The doctors that consulted them at first decided that the best solution is to transfer them to Bucharest.

Two more babies were hospitalized at the ‘Marie Curie’ Children’s Hospital on Friday. They are both infected with E.coli. Dr. Mihaela Balgradean stated that they have hemolytic uremic syndrome and had eaten soup with meat and stuffed cabbage, dishes they are not allowed to have at their age. One of the children is in a serious condition, on dialysis and underwent blood transfusion, and the other’s health condition is evolving favourably.

The two babies from Fetesti, Ialomita County, hospitalized at ‘Marie Curie’ on Friday, are in a stable but serious condition. The two patients are a six-month-old boy and seven-month-old girl. Both contracted a form of the Escherichia Coli (E.Coli) bacteria that causes a cascade of extremely bad events in the body, Dr. Mihaela Balgradean, head of the nephrology-dialysis ward, stated.

The seven-month girl is in the worst case, is still on dialysis and underwent blood transfusions on Saturday. ‘Marie Curie’ doctors say that the treatment will take a long time.

The boy from Mioveni, who also had neurological complications, is still hospitalized at ‘Marie Curie,’ since February 24. He is hospitalized within the nephrology ward and is no longer on peritoneal dialysis since Friday.

12 children were transferred to the ‘Marie Curie’ Hospital from January 29 to February 10, most from Arges County, with haemolytic uremic syndrome. Of them, three girls died on February 4, 15 and 16.

The cause of the illness is an E.coli strain, the Health Minister announced on February 25. The cause was identified following an investigation carried out by specialists from the European Centre for the Control of Transmissible Diseases, alongside Romanian experts.


Health Minister Achimas Cadariu: Epidemiological investigation in fresh HUS infant cases continues


Health Minister Patriciu Achimas Cadariu said on Monday that the epidemiological investigation in the case of the two infants with hemolytic uremic syndrome who were transferred from Fetesti (Ialomita County) to the “Marie Curie” Hospital in Bucharest continues.

“Samples are being analyzed. We had a teleconference with our colleagues from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and we are making progress, but we need to piece together all the information to get a complete and comprehensive picture of the entire case. The epidemiological investigation continues, as per the standard procedure in such situations,” the minister said.

According to him, large pediatric hospitals see annually about 10 cases of children with hemolytic uremic syndrome. “They occur sporadically, we shouldn’t be surprised at this,” said the official.

Two infants from Fetesti aged 6 and 7 months respectively were admitted on Friday evening to the Nephrology Department of the “Marie Curie” Hospital in Bucharest after having been fed meat.

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