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Shvoong Home>Medicine & Health>What the Heck is an E. Coli? Review

What the Heck is an E. Coli?

Book Review   by:JeanBaileyRobor     Original Author: Jack Brown
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In this article, Jack Brown, expert in the field of microbiology, examines the symptoms, risks, and causes of E. Coli poisioning. E. Coli is a bacteria that settles in the intestines of cattle. If the intestines are injured or punctured, the bacteria may spread to other areas, otherwise it is contained. Sometimes this occurs when the animals are slaughtered. This bacteria can be found in unpasturized milk, juice, and contaminated water. Careful preparations should be made when preparing meals. While E. Coli poisoning can render a person ill, it can also kill, particularly if the person has a low immune system, such as young children or the elderly. If a person has a low immune system they may experience kidney failure due to E. Coli poisoning. Symptoms of E. Coli poisoning usually manifest between one and seven days of digesting contaminated food or liquids. Those affected experience nausea, vomiting, fever, cramps, bloody or loose stools. Diagnosis is difficult because of the similarity to food poisoning, food allergies, or stomach flu. As symptoms worsen, the patient will experience dehydration. Stool samples will be required to confirm the diagnosis. E. Coli, unfortunately, does not respond to medication. However, doctors will prescribe treatment for the symptoms such as fever and diarrhea. The only real treatment option for E. Coli poisoning is to drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest. An IV may be ordered to combat dehydration. As mentioned, complications of E. Coli poisoning may be kidney failure and dehydration; other possible complications include anemia and Hemolytic uremic syndrome. The article by Jack Brown will give you a good understand of the bacteria that is E. Coli. If you have had or desire to prevent E. Coli poisoning, this article would be helpful for you to read. Hopefully, it will help prevent your contracting E. Coli poisoning.
Published: August 30, 2005   
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