An E. coli 0157:H7 infection often causes hemorrhagic colitis (bleeding colon), a sign of which is blood diarrhea. This is a very serious complication of the infection that can cause colon tissue to be eaten away. When this happens, the E. coli victim may need a colectomy (surgery to remove all or part of the colon).
We don’t think of food as deadly, but it can be when it is contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The food is consumed and processed by the body. The waste ends up in the colon. E. coli bacteria make the trip from the stomach to the colon and then “make a home” for themselves in the colon, wreaking havoc on the body.
E. coli bacteria can find their way into most foods, raw and processed. This can happen on a farm field irrigated with water that has cow manure in it or at a restaurant when a sick food handler does not wash his or her hands well. There are a myriad of ways to contaminate food.
Past E. coli outbreaks have been caused by the following:
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If you or your child has bloody diarrhea, get to the doctor immediately. This is the primary sign of colitis.
Treatment is mostly supportive and includes extra fluids, to prevent dehydration, and a bland diet. Antibiotics are not recommended because they can lead to complications, including hemolytic uremic syndrome.
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