E. Coli Infection Attorneys
Escherichia Coli O157:H7, commonly known as E. Coli, is the leading cause of food-borne illness. Recent studies show about 75,000 cases of illnesses are reported each year, while the death toll is close to 100 people a year.
How is E. Coli Contracted?
Although most strains of Escherichia Coli bacteria are harmless, the specific strain known as Shiga toxin-producing E. Coli produces powerful toxins and can cause serious illness and even death. E. Coli is usually contracted through contaminated foods such as:
- undercooked beef
- leafy vegetables
- bean sprouts
- raw milk
E. Coli can also be contracted if a victim swims in or drinks sewage contaminated water. Person to person contact in families and child care centers is also a known type of transmission.
How Long Does It Take Before E. Coli Infection Sets In?
People usually become ill between two and eight days after being exposed to the bacteria. The average is three to four days.
What Are The Symptoms of E. Coli?
- non-bloody diarrhea
- severe abdominal cramping
- bloody diarrhea
- kidney failure
In some instances the infection causes no symptoms at all. The infection causes little or no fever and lasts between five and ten days.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips on how to lower your risk of E. Coli infection.
In some victims, especially children under the age of five and the elderly, the infection can cause a serious complication know as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is where red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail. This occurs in about 8% of the patients who seek medical attention for E. Coli symptoms. In the United States, HUS is the leading cause of acute kidney failure in children, and E. Coli is the leading cause of HUS.
Did you or a loved one get sick as the result of E. Coli? If you were exposed to E. Coli bacteria through contaminated food and you believe you are the victim of someone elses negligence, you might have a personal injury case.
Post E. Coli Infection Symptoms
After someone experiences an E.coli infection, there are a number of symptoms that may present themselves once the infection is moving or already has moved out of the host.
- Pale Skin Color
- Severe dehydration
- Easy bruising
- Shortness of breath
- Generalized swelling
- Kidney failure
- Excessive bleeding
- Mental Changes
- In severe cases, death (approximately 100 cases per year in the US)
One of the most debilitating and dangerous symptoms of food poisoning and flu-like illnesses, is dehydration.
Dehydration is when the body excretes too much water or liquid, so that the body is unable to absorb the necessary amount it needs to properly function. While vomiting and diarrhea prevent proper hydration from occurring, medical attention could be necessary if you are unable to consume and absorb enough water, fluid or liquid to properly function, stay healthy and safe.
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