E. coli food poisoning is a bacterial infection that occurs when a person ingests food that has been contaminated with harmful E. coli bacteria. In most cases, E. coli treatment consists of rest and drinking fluids to prevent dehydration. For severe infections, E. coli treatment may include hospitalization so the patient can receive intravenous fluids as part of their treatment regime. Antibiotics are not usually effective for gastrointestinal infections and are only recommended if the infection spreads because by using antibiotics as part of E. coli treatment, the patient may develop Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is a dangerous condition that can result in kidney failure or even death.

E. Coli Symptoms

The most common E. coli symptoms are fatigue, nausea, abdominal cramps, severe diarrhea, and vomiting. Some individuals may also develop a low grade fever. E. coli symptoms usually appear a few days after infection and resolve themselves within a week. However, more serious symptoms may occur if the infection spreads to the bloodstream or another part of the body, or if the patient develops HUS.

E. Coli Treatment During Transmission and Outbreaks

Most E. coli infections are caused by ingesting contaminated food products. Some foods commonly associated with E. coli food poisoning are unpasteurized dairy products, raw or undercooked meat, and improperly washed produce such as lettuce or sprouts. Sometimes large amounts of food are contaminated, leading to an E. coli outbreak. In June 2009, there was an E. coli outbreak caused by contaminated Nestle Toll House cookie dough; more than 50 people got sick and many needed to undergo E. coli treatment that included hospitalization.

Contact an E. Coli Lawyer

If you or a loved one has received E. coli treatment for E. coli food poisoning, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation from a E. coli lawyer.

Published November 17, 2011 by