EHEC stands for...
Enterohaemorrhagic (i.e. causing intestinal bleeding) Escherichia coli, the pathogenic variant of the usually harmless intestinal inhabitant, Escherichia coli. These bacteria produce a cellular toxin that causes inflammatory-like reactions inside intestinal cells that seriously damage the body. Around ten percent of patients develop haemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) which destroys red blood cells and can lead to acute renal failure.
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