Saturday, April 02, 2005

Rare kidney disease strikes Florida petting zoo visitors; nine children hospitalized after touching animals

At least nine Florida children have been hospitalized, two with life-threatening conditions, after they touched animals at petting zoos across the state. Doctors say the kids all have a rare disease that results from exposure to e. coli bacteria, which then attacks the kidneys. The contagious disease usually occurs in children under 10, the experts say. Florida officials warn all parents to watch their children closely for symptoms: bloody diarrhea, lethargy and decreased urination If you find this article interesting, be sure to also read 'A brief history of nutritional deficiencies and chronic disease.'

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