Hemolytic-uremic syndrome: a population-based study in Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland

Am J Public Health. 1988 Jan;78(1):64-5. doi: 10.2105/ajph.78.1.64.


A population-based study of hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) revealed that 20 child residents of Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland were hospitalized with HUS from January 1979 through September 1983. The number of cases peaked during the summer and fall; none occurred during the winter. Incidence of hospitalized cases was higher in Whites and girls than in Blacks or boys, and the average annual incidence was 1.08 cases/100,000 children less than 5 year old. This study demonstrates that HUS is not unique to the West Coast, as previously suggested.

MeSH terms

  • African Americans
  • Bacterial Toxins / blood
  • Child, Preschool
  • District of Columbia
  • Escherichia coli
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Female
  • Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maryland
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Seasons
  • Shiga Toxin 1


  • Bacterial Toxins
  • Shiga Toxin 1