E. coli is a type of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal infections and E. coli food poisoning if ingested. E. coli symptoms vary, but usually consist of:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Severe abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea (sometimes bloody)
  • Low-grade fever

While E. coli symptoms usually resolve within a week, serious side effects like Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) and infections in other parts of the body sometimes occur.

E. Coli Symptoms Treatment

Although E. coli symptoms are caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics are not effective in treating E. coli infections unless they have spread to the bloodstream or other parts of the body. Additionally, antibiotics may increase a person’s risk of developing HUS. Recommended E. coli treatments are rest and drinking fluids to prevent dehydration. In severe cases, patients may require hospitalization so that intravenous fluids can be administered.

E. Coli Transmission

Most E. coli outbreaks occur when people ingest the bacteria in contaminated food or drinks. The foods most commonly associated with E. coli food poisoning are unpasteurized dairy products, improperly washed produce, and raw or undercooked meat, especially beef. People may also develop infections from swallowing contaminated pond, lake, or swimming pool water.

Contact an E. Coli Symptoms Lawyer

If you or a loved one has suffered serious E. coli symptoms from an E. coli infection from contaminated food products, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact us today for a free and confidential E. coli lawsuit case evaluation from an E. Coli lawyer.

Published November 17, 2011 by