Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals.Infections can occur among people of all ages, however symptoms are likely to be more severe among the very young and the elderly.
Pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are also at high risk of developing serious complications.
The incubation period is usually 2-10 days with a median of 3-4 days.
E. Coli can kill but there are some cases of it that aren't that serious.
No vaccine or medication can protect you from E. coli-based illness, though researchers are investigating potential vaccines.
The symptoms of E. coli 0157:H7 infection may include a low fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and bloody diarrhea; the infection is contagious and can be spread from person to person by fecal contamination.
The most common way to acquire an E. coli infection is by eating contaminated food, such as:
- Ground beef. When cattle are slaughtered and processed, E. coli bacteria in their intestines can get on the meat. ...
- Unpasteurized milk. ...
- Fresh produce.
To reduce your chance of being exposed to E. coli, avoid risky foods and watch out for cross-contamination