ESCHERICHIA COLI
Description


 
  Symptoms
Abdominal cramps Abdominal pain Abdominal rumbling
Appetite - loss Dehydration Diarrhea
Fatigue / exhaustion Fever Muscles - aching
Nausea Stool - red bloody Vomiting
  Description
Escherichia Coli or E. Coli is a bacteria that causes severe cramps and diarrhea. E. coli is a leading cause of bloody diarrhea. The symptoms are worse in children and older people, and especially in people who have another illness.

There are many types of E. coli. Most of them are normal inhabitants of the small intestine and colon and are non-pathogenic, meaning they do not cause disease in the intestines. Nevertheless, these non-pathogenic E. coli can cause disease if they spread outside of the intestines, for example, into the urinary tract.

A particular strain of E.coli known as E. coli O157:H7 causes a severe intestinal infection in humans. It is the most common strain to cause illness in people.
  Diagnosis
A stool sample is needed to confirm the diagnosis and identify the specific strain.

The E. Coli strain O104:H4 had an outbreak that began in Germany in May 2011. This strain of E.coli causes hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The syndrome, which results in the destruction of red blood cells and severe kidney problems, usually arises about a week after diarrhea starts.
  More information:
Escherichia Coli Treatment
Escherichia Coli Healthcare Centers
 

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