The E. coli Virus

E. coli, or Escherichia coli lives in the intestines of people and animals. Although most types are harmless, some can make you sick.

The incubation period for E.coli is usually 1-10 days. And the sickness will have a duration of 5-10 days however, most people will feel better in about 6-8 days.

You can prevent this virus by staying away from high risk foods, using a food thermometer, and washing your hands before preparing food.

E. coli 0157:H7 is the most dangerous type of E. coli which can cause bloody diarrhea, kidney failure, or even death. This is so severe because it releases a toxin called Shinga.

If you develop e.coli it is best to drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest. Call your doctor and know that antibiotics should not be used to treat this.

E.coli can come from contaminated food such as; under cooked ground beef, unpasteurized milk and juice, and raw fruits and vegetables. It also be a product of contaminated water, both drinking and swimming.

This virus is associated with hemolytic uremic syndrome or HUS which kills red blood cells leading to kidney injury.

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