At least two San Diego State University students have been sickened by food contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). Health officials have not determined the potential food source that caused the illnesses and have not released much information.
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What is STEC?
Some strains of E. coli produce a Shiga toxin. Because Shiga toxins are poisonous to humans, STEC infections cause severe illness often requiring hospitalization. STEC infections are also associated with hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), complications of E. coli infections that both cause kidney failure. E. coli O157:H7 is the STEC strain most often associated with recalls and outbreaks.
Symptoms of E. coli
Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody. These symptoms usually develop one to three days after exposure. The two San Diego State students sickened with E. coli said they first experienced symptoms on August 28 and August 29.
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