Buitoni pizzas contaminated with E. coli: 56 confirmed cases of hemolytic-uremic syndrome, including two deaths

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Public Health France explains that these 56 cases occurred in 55 children and 1 adult. They showed symptoms between January 18 and April 5 after consuming Buitoni pizza.

The Buitoni scandal continues. In a new update published on May 10, Public Health France reports 56 confirmed cases of hemolytic and uremic syndrome (HUS). They are linked to contamination with the E.coli bacteria contracted after consuming pizzas from the Buitoni brand.

ud83dudd0e Update on 04/05/22 on the cases of #HUS and infections #Ecoli in connection with the consumption of frozen pizzas from the Fraîch’Up Buitoni range
u27a1ufe0f 56 confirmed cases have been identifiedhttps://t.co/wDeim7zpUl

– SantépubliqueFrance (@SantePublicFr) May 10, 2022

Since the announcement of the withdrawal of products, the total number of HUS cases related to the consumption of these pizzas has stabilized. “The epidemiological, microbiological and traceability investigations carried out since that date have confirmed a link between the occurrence of these grouped cases and the consumption of frozen pizzas from the Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up range contaminated with STEC bacteria”, note Public Health France in his point.

56 cases occurred in 55 children

Public Health France explains that these 56 cases occurred in 55 children and 1 adult. They showed symptoms between January 18 and April 5. The epidemic peak is in week 7 (from 02/14 to 02/20) and week 9 (02/28 to 03/06), with 10 cases each of these weeks.

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The 55 sick children are aged from 1 to 17 years old with a median age of 6 years; 25 (45%) are female; 48 (87%) presented with HUS, 7 (13%) with STEC gastroenteritis. Two children died. The adult did not present with HUS.

Hauts-de-France, the most affected region

These 56 cases occurred in 12 regions of metropolitan France: Hauts-de-France (12 cases), Ile-de-France (9 cases), New Aquitaine (8 cases), Pays de la Loire (7 cases), Brittany ( 6 cases), Grand Est (3 cases), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (3 cases), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (2 cases), Occitanie (2 cases), Center Val-de-Loire (2 cases) , Burgundy Franche-Comté (1 case) and Normandy (1 case).

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