Main content
City of Alexandria Homepage
Tuesday, September 2  •  78°Partly Cloudy Air Quality: Yellow
CloseWeather Forecast
Today: High 94° Low 71°
Partly CloudyAir Quality: Yellow
Wed: High 90° Low 68°
Mostly SunnyAir Quality: Yellow
Thu: High 91° Low 70°
Isolated ThunderstormsAir Quality: Yellow
Fri: High 91° Low 71°
Partly Cloudy
Sat: High 93° Low 67°
PM Thunderstorms
City of Alexandria, VA City of Alexandria, VA
Health Department
Share Share RSS RSS Print Print Text Size Text Size NormalText Size LargeText Size Extra Large
Page updated Jun 13, 2011 2:30 PM
CloseComments

No Comments Posted Yet

Advice for US Travelers to Germany

German health authorities have reported an outbreak of a severe illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Early symptoms of HUS include decreased frequency or volume of urination, feeling very tired, and losing pink color in the cheeks and inside the lower eyelids. Signs of HUS typically start 5–7 days after the start of diarrhea.

The organism causing the outbreak has been identified as Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O104:H4. On June 11, 2011, German health authorities confirmed that raw sprouts associated with the investigation were contaminated with enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) 0104:H4 and stated that the strains of EHEC 0104:H4 found in the sprouts were identical to the EHEC 0104:H4 strains found in patients.  In addition to adherence to good hygiene practices, German health authorities recommend abstaining from eating raw sprouts.

If you have traveled to Germany and have bloody diarrhea and stomach cramps or symptoms of HUS, go to a doctor right away and tell him or her about your recent travel. 

4480 King Street
Alexandria, VA, 22302
703.746.4996
Fax: 703.746.4938
E-mail 

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed Thursday Mornings