Tuula Honkanen-Buzalski, Director of the Research Department at Evira, says that there is now a cautious optimism in the air regarding the spread of the epidemic.
However, new cases may still emerge across the globe due to the publicity that the EHEC epidemic has got. Before hearing about the epidemic through the media, those fallen ill may not have realised that their symptoms were caused by EHEC bacteria.
The epidemic has caused the deaths of 19 people, while 1,700 have contracted the illness. On Friday, Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare THL reported a confirmed case of a patient, who was found to carry EHEC bacteria reminiscent of the fatal German strain.
The most common symptoms of an EHEC infection include bloody diarrhoea without a fever, and stomach cramps. The origin of EHEC infections remains unclear.