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ESCHERICHIA COLI | E COLI.

DESCRIPTION

E Coli is a bacteria that naturally occurs in the intestines of both humans and animals. 
Most E Coli strains are harmless and actually help keep your intestines healthy, but certain strains of E Coli such as E. coli O157:H7 can cause an infection of the intestines. 

LOCATION

E Coli isn’t as common in places that prepare and produce raw foods in a clean and safe manner, even so the bacteria is found all over the world

CAUSE

The most common way to contract E Coli is by ingesting tainted meat, uncooked vegetables, dairy and even water. 
E Coli spreads easily and can be passed from person to person thorough contact if a person doesn’t wash their hand after passing a bowl.
A person can be infected with E Coli and be completely unaware and consequently infect someone else 

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of E Coli last between a week or two, other issues such as kidney or blood problems can start after the initial symptoms fade and can lead to kidney failure.
E Coli infections can cause 
Diarrhea
Nausea 
Vomiting
Stomach cramps 
Urinary tract or other infections 
Dehydration 
Consult a doctor if diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting continue for an extended period.
 

TREATMENT

Drink plenty of fluids and get as much rest as possible to help treat the dehydration and fatigue caused by E Coli infections 
Stay away from anti diarrheal over the counter medications because they slow down digesting
Antibiotics may cause more issues in an E Coli infection therefore they are not commonly prescribed
Avoid taking over the counter medications that are anti-diarrheal because they slow down your digestive system.
Some cases of E Coli infections necessitate hospitalization 

PREVENTION

During the farming, processing, manufacturing and preparation of food and agriculture specific precautions are taken to prevent E Coli contamination 

To help prevent E Coli infections use the Five Keys to Safer Food Program
Keep clean
Separate raw foods and cooked food 
Cook food thoroughly
Keep foods at a safe temperature
Use clean water and safe raw materials

HANDLING ANIMALS    

When dealing with animals such as livestock be sure to wash your hands often and thoroughly due to the higher risk of infections from E Coli.