E Coli Bacteria, Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

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Knowing the causes and recognizing the symptoms are the key to save yourself from any epidemic. Protecting yourself from E Coli bacteria isn’t hard if you are aware of what measures to take in order to avoid this common strain of bacteria.

Causes

Escherichia coli (E coli) infection is mostly caused due to undercooked beef because most dairy cattle carry the bacteria in their bowel. If the beef isn’t cooked in a high temperature, or if it is consumed in a contaminated state then the person is exposed to be infected. Even though Escherichia coli are present in the intestine, E. coli infection spreads when unhealthy eating habit is practiced or when food or water contaminated with that bacteria is consumed.

Symptoms

Although E. coli symptoms are usually mild, there is a possibility for it to be severe. From the moment of infection, it may take 1-3 days of time to notice the symptoms of this bacterial infection.

Bloody diarrhea: One of the notable e coli symptoms is diarrhea with dark red blood. sometimes the diarrhea is non bloody at the beginning and it becomes bloody after few days.

Nausea: The infected person suffers from an abdominal pain in the upper part specifically and an urging sensation to vomit is also observed. It is a sensation of stomach trying to empty itself. They are usually short-lived, but when prolonged gets uneasy.

Stomach cramping: In a result of a reaction to the attack from E. coli bacteria abdominal cramps occur and it is often mild and painful.

Vomiting: Frequent vomiting is one of the Ecoli symptoms that a patient may experience. The stomach empties itself recurrently resulting in a heavy loss of weight.

Fever: A very mild fever of temperature less than 101F suddenly occurs. The fever is mild but disturbing.

Bloating: The symptom of this category would enlarge the Gastrointestinal tract filling it with gas. The stomach gets tight and uncomfortable.

Loss of appetite: This is a case where the person never feels hungry because he loses appetite. The E. coli viruses attack the GI and the wall at the small intestine resulting in diarrhea. The person loses fluids and weight loss occurs.

Prevention

Cook all meat to a temperature of 160 degrees and all poultry to 180 degrees. Cooking meats and poultry at these temperatures will kill all bacteria/organisms. Since the color of cooked meat doesn’t necessarily indicate true doneness, it’s highly recommended that you cook with a meat thermometer.

Make sure that all meat and poultry is properly refrigerated. Set Your refrigerator temperature at 41 degrees or lower since bacteria grows at temperatures from 45 degrees to 140 degrees.

Store all raw meat and poultry on the lower shelves of your refrigerator and make sure to keep raw meat away from any other foods that won’t be cooked.
Always remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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author avatar Denise O
8th Jun 2011 (#)

Nice overview of this awful strain. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar saurik
8th Jun 2011 (#)

You are welcome.
Thank you.

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author avatar Faith
23rd Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you.

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author avatar J A Ridley
8th Jul 2011 (#)

Good information on E. Coli, thanks

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author avatar saurik
8th Jul 2011 (#)

Thank you J A.

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