E. coli

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:35 by admin
Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a common bacterium that resides in human intestines. Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, one particular strain, E. coli O157:H7, produces a powerful toxin and can cause severe illness. Since its discovery in 1982, most E. coli 0157:H7 infections have resulted from eating undercooked ground beef.

Other known sources of infection include consumption of contaminated sprouts, lettuce, salami, unpasteurized milk and juice, and swimming in or drinking sewage-contaminated water. Bacteria in stools of infected persons can be passed to another if hygiene or hand washing habits are inadequate. This is particularly likely among toddlers who are not properly toilet trained. Family members and playmates of these children are at high risk of becoming infected.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems after being exposed to E. coli. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Toxic & Hazardous Substances
  2. Digestive Disorders: Overview
  3. Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome (HUS)
  4. Infections
  5. Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP)
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