E. Coli

by Jessica Stratton

E. coli is a sometimes harmful bacteria that can be found in the human intestines. Harmful E. coli can cause moderate to severe food poisoning. E. coli food poisoning affects people who eat unclean food or drink unclean water.

E. Coli is most often found in raw and under cooked meats and feces.

This is a diagram of a single E. coli bacterium

One can become sick from E. coli by coming into contact with the bacteria. This bacteria is spread through raw meat, and other food that come in contact with raw meat, drinking or swimming in contaminated water, touching wild animals, for example sheep or cow, and touching something that has been contaminated with feces.

The incubation period of E. coli food poisoning is from 1-10 days. Symptoms of E. coli food poisoning are: severe diarrhea that is often bloody, severe abdominal pain, and vomiting. Usually, little or no fever is present. This illness lasts 5-10 days. Most people will be better in 6-8 days.

Some ways to prevent E. coli food poisoning include, washing your hands after using the bathroom and touching raw meat, using different cutting boards while preparing raw meat, refraining from swimming or drinking questionable water, and refraining from touching wild animals.

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Some e. coli infections can develop into hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a condition that results from the abnormal premature destruction of red blood cells. Once this process begins, the damaged red blood cells start to clog the filtering system in the kidneys, which may eventually cause the life-threatening kidney failure associated with hemolytic uremic syndrome.

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