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Unformatted text preview: nd the destruction of vital organs. The Shiga toxins can cause seizures,
neurological damage, and strokes. About 5 percent of the children who develop HUS are killed by it. Those who survive are often left with
permanent disabilities, such as blindness or brain damage.
Children under the age of five, the elderly, and people with impaired immune systems are the most likely to suffer from illnesses caused
by E. coli 0157:H7. The pathogen is now the leading cause of kidney failure among children in the United States. Nancy Donley, the
president of Safe Tables Our Priority (STOP), an organization devoted to food safety, says it is hard to convey the suffering that E. coli
0157:H7 causes children. Her six-year-old son, Alex, was infected with the bug in July of 1993 after eating a tainted hamburger. His illness
began with abdominal cramps that seemed as severe as labor pains. It progressed to diarrhea that filled a hospital toilet with blood. Doctors
frantically tried to save Alex’s life, drilling holes in his skull to relieve pressure, inserting tubes in his chest to...
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