Hospitals Struggle To Treat High Number Of EHEC Patients

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Blood donations are seen at the blood donation service Hamburg on... News PhotoBlood,Germany,Hamburg - Germany,Healthcare And Medicine,Horizontal,IllnessPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2011 Getty ImagesHARBURG, GERMANY - JUNE 08: Blood donations are seen at the blood donation service Hamburg on June 8, 2011 in Harburg, Germany. Hospitals and the Red Cross in northern Germany have appealed to the public for blood donations as a result of the current outbreak of enterohemorrhagic E. coli, also known as the EHEC bacteria. With at least 2,200 people afflicted by the infection, and approximately 500 suffering from the HUS complication from EHEC that attacks the kidneys, hospitals have seen an explosive growth in their need for donated blood plasma. The EHEC outbreak has thus far killed at least 22 people in Europe's deadliest recorded outbreak of E. coli. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)