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Where do you gete. coliinfections?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Feces/gut exposure: E. Coli infections occur when raw or improperly prepared foods have been exposed to feces (which is where e. Coli is found). This includes vegetables and some fruits, and nearly all meat products.
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E. coli infections: All of us harbor e. Coli bacteria in our gut. Sometimes we expose our selves inadvertently to these bacteria by virtue of our lax hand washing and food preparation techniques. When we eat out, there is always the danger of acquiring e. Coli passed on by food handlers, especially inadequately cooked meats. Swimming in contaminated waters is another common method of acquisition.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for e. Coli infections?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Personal or commerci: To diagnose illness caused by e. Coli infection, your doctor will send a sample of your stool to a laboratory to test for the presence of e. Coli bacteria. The bacteria may be cultured to confirm the diagnosis and identify specific toxins, such as those produced by e. Coli o157:h7. For commercial ther is (the rapidchek e. Coli o157 test system ) used by beef meet processar.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can e.Coli infections be fatal?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: Although e. Coli is a very common bacteria in the human intestinal system, some strains of this bacteria can be deadly.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How do you prevente. Coliinfections?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Washing and cooking: To prevent e. Coli infections, one needs to wash thoroughly all fruits and vegetables, which will lower but not eliminate the risk, and thoroughly cook all meat products, especially ground beef. Proper cleaning of all food preparation areas will also be important in preventing the infection.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms of e.Coli infections of the blood?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Diarrhea, cramps.: Severe, acute hemorrhagic diarrhea and abdominal cramps are the main symptoms. Usually little or no fever is present, and the illness resolves in five to 10 days. It can also be asymptomatic. Fluid replacement and blood pressure support may be needed to prevent death from dehydration. Treatment with may cause kidney complications. Hemolytic-uremic syndrome is a life-threatening condition.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Are e.Coli infections common in the united states?

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Dr. Nadu Tuakli
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Very!: The commonest e.Coli infections are in the urinary tract. Most bladder infections are caused by e.Coli.

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