A Common Cause of Abdominal Pain & Severe Diarrhea
Most people have heard about this dangerous bacterium. While it is perfectly safe when it is located in the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract of animals and humans, it can cause major illnesses due to its production of powerful toxins. That’s why so many people are interested in how to protect themselves and how to eliminate E. coli.
How Does Infection Spread?
E. coli can quickly and easily spread from one person to another and even spread from animals in a petting zoo. While this is very common, around 85% of current infections are caused by food. This organism is present in GI tracts, which means that people who consume meat are at risk of E. coli. Contaminated products can occur during processing or slaughter and if meat is undercooked, then infection is very common.
Other food sources of infection include eating leafy greens such as alfalfa, spinach, and lettuce that are infected; drinking unpasteurized juice and milk; and eating salami that is contaminated. You can also get E. coli by drinking or swimming in contaminated water.
It’s very easy for E. coli to spread to another person if people do not practice good hand washing, which is why it is so common in hospitals, daycares, and nursing homes.
The Symptoms of an E. Coli Infection
The average onset of these symptoms is three to four days and includes severe stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. Most people do not have a fever and while the symptoms are severe, most people will recover in a week without relying on medication.
Very young children as well as the elderly can get very sick and an infection can actually cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is life-threatening. This condition causes the kidneys to fail. Getting medical attention for an Escherichia coli (E. Colli) infection is important.
Diagnosis and Treatment of E. coli
A stool test is required to correctly diagnose E. coli, which is why getting medical care right away is important. Healthy individuals do not need treatment, will feel better in five to ten days, and should not use antidiarrheal medical or antibiotics. People who develop HUS will need treatment in a hospital and may require kidney dialysis and blood transfusions.
Prevention of E. Coli
While E. coli is scary, there are some things that you can do to help prevent its spread and to avoid E. coli infection:
+ Regularly wash your hands after using the bathroom, before eating or handling food, and after changing a diaper. Children need to be especially thorough washing hands after using the bathroom.
+ Thoroughly cook meat to destroy the bacteria. Ground beef is especially dangerous and can harbor E. coli.
+ Wash your hands after touching animals, being on a farm, or handing animal feces.
+ Order your hamburger well-done or medium at a restaurant and do not eat any ground beef that is still pink.
+ Defrost your food in the microwave, refrigerator, or cold water, not out on the counter.
+ Wash all vegetables and fruit before you eat them.
+ Keep your kitchen clean at all times.
+ Never placed cooked meat on the same plate as raw meat.
+ Wash all kitchen thermometers, counters, and cutting boards with hot soapy water.
+ Don’t drink unpasteurized cider, milk, or juice.
+ Drink water that has been disinfected or treated with chlorine.
+ Keep raw meat away from food that is ready to eat.
+ Don’t swallow water when swimming in a pool or a lake.
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