E. coli Food Poisoning

Posted on: November 7, 2016 Food Poisoning Lawyer

E. coli food poisoningPeople who eat food contaminated with E. coli can become ill within 2-8 days, with the average being 3-4 days. Usually they will experience symptoms such as bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Most people will recover within a week, but some cases will be more severe and last longer.

E. coli Side Effects

While most people will recover from E. coli symptoms within a week, on a rare occasion a more severe infection could develop called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). While HUS can occur at any age, it is most common in children under 5 years old, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of HUS include easy bruising, an unhealthy pale appearance, and decreased urine output. People experiencing symptoms associated with HUS should seek emergency care immediately.

How is E. coli Treated?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hydration is very important when treating E. Coli. Antibiotics should not be used to treat E. Coli as they can increase the risk of developing HUS. Anti-diarrheal medicine may also increase the risk of developing HUS.

E. coli Prevention

Washing hands thoroughly before and after cooking, after handling raw animal products, and after using the bathroom can help prevent the spread of E.coli bacteria. Also avoid raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products. Prevent cross contamination in food preparation areas by thoroughly washing counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.

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