E. Coli (Escherichia coli), is a type of bacteria that ordinarily exists in the intestines of healthy humans and is commonly found in the guts of certain animals. The majority of E. Coli types assist in keeping people’s digestive tracts healthy and are completely harmless. Nevertheless, some strains of the bacteria, typically found in contaminated food or soiled water, can cause severe diarrhea and other health complications. E. coli is commonly associated with food poisoning and certain types of the bacteria can cause pneumonia and as many as 95% of all urinary tract infections. Other types of E. coli make people sick by producing Shiga, a toxin known for damaging the lining of your intestines. Strains that produce the toxin are often referred to as STEC, which stands for Shiga toxin producing E. coli. Additionally, young children and elderly individuals that contract E. coli run the risk of developing hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially lethal form of kidney failure.
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The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of highly experienced and top rated E. Coli foodborne illness lawyers in Buffalo, New York possess the knowledge and experience required to systematically investigate your food poisoning related illness, and ensure that you are in a position to receive the highest possible recovery for your injuries. To date, the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. has recovered over $175,000,000.00 in verdicts and settlements to resolve personal injury claims as a result of Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his top rated team of Buffalo, New York E. Coli infection attorneys’ zealous representation. Our team is available to help you 24 hours per day and 7 days per week at 716-839-3939 or by filling out the online consultation form.How Do E. Coli Infections Occur?
People can easily become infected by ingesting even a little bit of a harmful strain of E. coli bacteria. Below are some common ways people can ingest E. coli:
- Contaminated water: Swallowing water contaminated with the bacteria, such as while swimming in a lake or pool, can infect you.
- Ground meat: People can become infected when the meat they eat carries E. coli and it was not cooked thoroughly enough to kill all the bacteria. Sometimes the bacteria from an animals’ intestines can make its way into the meat during processing. This tends to happen more often with ground meat because it originates from multiple animals.
- Fruit and vegetables: Fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as fruits and vegetables that are tarnished by dirty water, can contain E. coli. This frequently occurs when the manure of nearby livestock seeps into the water supply.
- Unpasteurized milk: E. coli can get into a cow’s milk from equipment used for milking or the cow’s udder. Milk containing the bacteria that has not been heat treated can infect people with E. coli.
- Other foods and drinks: People can also contract E. coli from unpasteurized dairy products that consist of raw milk or fruit juices.
- Animals: E. coli is commonly found at animal exhibits, fairs and petting zoos.
- Infected people: It is possible to get the bacteria from other people that have it. E. coli can be passed from person to person if you clean up after an infected person and touch your mouth before thoroughly washing your hands.
Other food in the kitchen can easily become contaminated if raw meat comes into contact with the food or utensils used to prepare it.
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Most people begin to feel sick approximately 2 to 5 days after ingesting E. coli bacteria. Some of the most commonly occurring symptoms include:
- Constant fatigue;
- Abdominal cramps;
- Diarrhea, which may contain blood;
- Slight fever; and
One of the worst strains of E. coli is called O157:H7, which can make people extremely ill. The strain is known for causing severe abdominal cramping, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. O157:H7 is the number one cause of acute kidney failure in young children. In addition to the above symptoms, the strain can also lead to life-threatening symptoms such as:
- Extreme confusion;
- Severe bleeding;
- Fever; and
- Adult kidney failure.
It is crucial to get emergency medical care if you have any symptoms associated with O157:H7.
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Fortunately, most cases of E. coli usually go away on their own. Healthy people that become infected with E. coli tend to start feeling better within about 7 days. However, some people, especially children and older people, may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome. Hospitalization is required for hemolytic uremic syndrome and commonly treated with blood transfusions, IV fluids and dialysis.
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The only way for your doctor to know for certain whether or not you have an E. coli infection is to have a sample of your stool analyzed at a lab. E. coli types commonly associated with diarrhea can be treated with antibiotics to shorten the duration of your symptoms. Nevertheless, antibiotics should not be taken to treat STEC, because they can boost the creation of Shiga toxins.
Those suffering from E. coli infections should get plenty of rest and drink lots of water to replace all of the fluids lost through diarrhea and vomiting. Also, avoid taking any anti-diarrheal medicines, because it will slow down your digestive system and make it more difficult for your body to get rid of the toxins. When you begin feeling better, eat foods low in fiber such as toast, crackers, rice or eggs. Avoid fatty foods and dairy products because they can make your symptoms worse.
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