According to researchers, the rate of severe complications after E. coli infection has remained mainly stable over several years but went up in Ireland.
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a rare but severe complication associated with E. coli infections that causes kidney failure.
Previous figures showed no notable changes in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland. In Ireland, however, the incidence was estimated to have increased three-fold. The reasons for this are unknown but coincide with a rise in Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections.