Food poisoning is one of the most uncomfortable intestinal illnesses that one can suffer. Of its various strains, E. coli O157:H7 is one of the worst. While E. coli is a natural bacteria that is present in everyone’s intestines, this particular strand causes severe cramping and diarrhea, and can be very harmful or even deadly. Every year, 70,000 US citizens catch this bacterial disease.
Causes of E. Coli
E. coli is typically passed to its victims through the consumption of contaminated food. These bacteria tend to grow in the intestines of cattle used for both milk and meat. When adequate sanitation measures are not taken, E. coli may be present in the following beverages and edibles:
- Contaminated ground beef (when undercooked, or when handled without washing hands afterwards)
- Unpasteurized milk or juice
- Contaminated water
- Unwashed, fresh produce
E. coli is also quite contagious, so it may be passed from person to person. Nursing homes, child daycare centers, and restaurants are all places where E. coli can pass rapidly from individual to individual if proper sanitation is not used.
Symptoms of E. Coli
Typically, those suffering from E. coli will experience the following symptoms:
- Stomach cramps
- Diarrhea (bloody in severe cases)
- Vomiting (sometimes)
- Lack of appetite
Sometimes, complications associated with E. coli will arise in infected individuals. Patients may suffer from dehydration, temporary lactose intolerance, and hemolytic-uremic syndrome. Young children and senior citizens are especially vulnerable to the effects of E. coli.
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