• Sweden edition

Woman in critical condition in EHEC case

Published: 30 May 2011 14:41 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 May 2011 19:19 GMT+02:00

Doctors in Halland in western Sweden are unable to concrete prognosis for the woman who is reported to be suffering from kidney problems and is being treated with a dialysis and respirator.

"How long the dialysis treatment will take is difficult to say. It could be a couple of days, a couple of weeks or become a chronic disease," said doctor Mats Erntell.

The Local reported earlier on Monday that six more Swedes have been infected by the EHEC bacteria, bringing the total number of cases in Sweden to 39.

The Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control (Smitskyddsinstitutet – SMI) believes that all cases of the diseases reported so far in Sweden originated in Germany and there are no indications thus far that the disease is spreading within Sweden.

Nevertheless, the agency said in a statement on Sunday that the number of reported cases could very well increase in the coming days.

Current cases have been reported across the country, from SKåne in the south to Jämtland in the north.

Of the 36 people who have been affected by the E. coli outbreak, 13 are being treated for the haemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) complication that causes patients serious trouble and can be fatal.

Several of the patients have been admitted to intensive care units and are receiving dialysis treatment.

German health authorities have confirmed two HUS-related fatalities and are investigating eight additional deaths believed to have been caused by the complication.

So far, 300 people in Germany have contracted the disease in recent weeks.

Sweden's SMI has also found that two of the most serious Swedish cases of the disease have come from the same rare EHEC serotype O104 found in Germany, and expects further analyses to confirm the suspected ties to the German outbreak.

The agency is also urging people visiting northern Germany to follow advisories issued by the German health authorities to avoid eating uncooked cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes.

Outbreaks of EHEC are not that common in Sweden. Smaller outbreaks are sometimes connected to farms, wells, day care centres and restaurants.

The largest outbreak to date in Sweden was in 2005 when 135 cases, of which 11 developed the complication HUS, occurred in southern Sweden.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

11:41 May 30, 2011 by johnny1939
Wonder why this happens in Europe these days? Polluted waters?. Organic?

Not enough washing? I have heard that if infected your rinsing etc does not do any good for removing bacteria and then of course we have no way of controlling what goes on in restaurants and snack joints. Perhaps if it continues we have to stay away from anything that is not cooked or pealed at least when eating in places where we have no control. Horrible thought specially in the summer.
08:20 May 31, 2011 by Lemon1987
enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) bacteria = new HIV virus? only W.H.O knows :/
10:11 May 31, 2011 by CM75
It's not 300 cases, it is over 1400 cases with about 300 severe cases and 14 deaths in Germany. Still, it's a local outbreak, the source most likely being raw vegetables. It can be transmitted from person to person, but by far not as easy as e.g. a flu virus, so it can be controlled by good hygiene.

@Grippen: Most men in the UK don't wash their hands after going to the toilet (http://goo.gl/t3NsK). So it would even be better if they used their left hand for wiping and their right hand for eating ;) Poor hygiene is not a problem specific to non-Europeans, even though that's what you might think if you have a simple-minded view of the world.

@Lemon1987: What is EHEC supposed to have in common with HIV? Do you have any entertaining conspiracy theories you want to share?
11:37 May 31, 2011 by Lemon1987

yeah .. Im sceptic incrust , u know there is always something rotten in the state of Denmark ;)
Today's headlines
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Swedish singer Tove Lo. Photot: TT

The five best Swedish songs of the month

The summer may be (almost) over but the music will keep on playing here at The Local. Our resident music guru Paul Connolly will be selecting his top new Swedish tracks for us in a new monthly feature. READ  

Hedgehog pet craze sweeps Sweden

Hedgehog pet craze sweeps Sweden

African pygmy hedgehogs are being bought by growing numbers of Swedes, as a trend for keeping exotic pets sweeps the country, the Department for Animal Welfare and Health tells The Local. READ  

Poisonous mushrooms cause stir in Sweden
The mushroom in this picture is not the same as the one from the story. Photo: Shutterstock

Poisonous mushrooms cause stir in Sweden

A person selling freshly-picked mushrooms in Gothenburg has come under fire after it turned out the delicacies were not only poisonous but also hallucinogenic. READ  

Pirate Bay founder case starts in confusion

Pirate Bay founder case starts in confusion

The largest hacking case in Danish history began in confusion on Tuesday, after lawyers representing Swedish Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg accused the prosecution of "unreasonable" tactics. READ  

Swedfund joins H&M in Ethiopia expansion

Swedfund joins H&M in Ethiopia expansion

As H&M expands into Ethiopia, Sweden's state venture capital unit Swedfund has announced that it will back the clothing giant, in a move hoped to create more jobs for local women. READ  

Elections 2014
Social Democrats reveal election manifesto
Photo: TT

Social Democrats reveal election manifesto

UPDATED: Sweden's main opposition party the Social Democrats has revealed its election manifesto at a press conference at a high school in Stockholm, with a key focus on education and welfare benefits. READ  

Teen run over by train after 'shoplifting' chase

Teen run over by train after 'shoplifting' chase

A teenage boy is in a critical condition after he was hit by a passing metro train in Stockholm. The accident ground rail traffic to a halt, and has police suspecting attempted murder. READ  

Record win at Sweden's tough island race
Photo: Jakob Edholm/ÖTILLÖ14

Record win at Sweden's tough island race

Two Swedes crushed last year's course record at the Swimrun world championship in Stockholm's archipelago on Monday. READ  

Sweden reveals Academy Award submission
Swedish director Ruben Östlund on set. Photo. TT

Sweden reveals Academy Award submission

The movie set to represent Sweden at the 2015 Academy Awards was revealed on Monday, a film that has already won awards abroad. READ  

Hidden forest drug stash leads to prosecution

Hidden forest drug stash leads to prosecution

A 53-year-old man has been prosecuted after police in western Sweden made one of their largest drug seizures in the area. READ  

Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Huge clear up underway after Skåne floods
Sweden's Alliance reveals full manifesto
Sweden's highest peak to lose title next year
How immigration became a key election issue
Blog updates

02 September

America night (Blogweiser) »

" There was an event this weekend for the ‘Americans in Sweden’ Facebook group. I’m a member, and I brought my girls to the evening. The gathering was at a Boston-themed sportsbar in a mall. There were loads of screens, a bowling alley, a game room and a jumbotron. It was as good a place as any to..." READ »


25 August

Hit och dit, här och där (The Swedish Teacher) »

" Hej igen! A common challenge for Swedish language students are the location adverbs hit/här, dit/där, hem/hemma etc. Some of the location adverbs come in two versions. We should use one type of location adverb when we use a verb describes where we are, and we should use the other type of location adverb when we the verb..." READ »

Brit's life in Sweden becomes BBC radio show
People-watching August 27
Top ten false friends in Swedish
Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize
Meet the man who made a Swedish store recall its high heels for kids
Business & Money
'How I came to run my own business in Sweden'
Expert explains why Sweden's election oozes uncertainty
City plays Schindler's List theme at Nazi rally
For Stockholm Fashion Week, here's the A-Z of Swedish fashion
'Amnesiac' man avoids deportation for ten years
Princess Estelle through the years
Business & Money
Swedish city all set for six-hour workday trial
Business & Money
Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
People-watching August 22-24
Armed royal guards caught (very) drunk on the job
Sweden orders textbook on Roma discrimination
Violent anti-Nazi demonstrations in Malmö
A closer look at Sweden's five official minority languages
See the destruction from the southern Sweden floods
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at: