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Dr. Marc Basson
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Escherichia Coli (Definition)

Escherichia coli is a gram-negative, coliform bacterium. There are various strains of E. coli that live in the intestines . Some strains can cause severe abdominal cramps, ...Read more


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How do you prevent e. Coli infections?

How do you prevent e. Coli infections?

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. ...Read more

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Can you get an e. Coli infection from feces?

Can you get an e. Coli infection from feces?

Yes: E coli bacteria (escherichia coli) can live in the intestines of mammals. This is why it so important to wash hands after contact with possible feces from humans, pets, farm animals and wildlife. ...Read more

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Where do you get e. Coli infections?

Where do you get e. Coli infections?

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. ...Read more

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How can you tell if someone has giardia or e coli diarrhea?

How can you tell if someone has giardia or e coli diarrhea?

Stool examination: Examination of stool by an accredited laboratory can resolve that. ...Read more

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Could an e coli infection kill you?

Could an e coli infection kill you?

It can: Any infection if it is not controlled can lead to sever illness leading to death. Most often times bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Could you die from e coli nowadays?

Could you die from e coli nowadays?

If you are unlucky: Whether a person dies from infection or not is due to many factors. How well is the host (e.g.: a young lady with a UTI vs. Old man with leukemia). Where is the infection (uti vs blood stream). Susceptibility of the organism (do we have antibiotics to treat the infection). Does patient have access to them & can patient receive them without toxicity. Does it make bad toxins like e.Coli 0157h7. ...Read more

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Can you get e coli from sex?

Can you get e coli from sex?

E. coli: Need more info. Where would the e.Coi be located? What sort of infection are you referring to? ...Read more

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Can tetracycline be used to kill e. Coli?

Can tetracycline be used to kill e. Coli?

Yes: E. Coli acquired outside the hospital are frequently sensitive to tetracycline. In hospital between 50 and 90% of strains of e. Coli are sensitive. As many strains are resistant sensitivity studies in the microbiology lab need to be performed before using tetracycline to treat a known e. Coli infection.. ...Read more

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How does a person get e coli or salmonella infection?

How does a person get e coli or salmonella infection?

Many ways: Both of the bacteria can come from many sources. E. Coli types actually live in your intestines and are symbiotic with us (beneficial). But some types of e coli are pathogenic (can cause disease) and can be found in many places. Salmonella is usually a pathogen but can come from animals, improperly washed food sources, etc. ...Read more

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Can e. Coli lead to dehydration?

Can e. Coli lead to dehydration?

Possibly: So if you have a diarrheal infection with e. Coli you can definitely get dehydrated. ...Read more

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Does silver help in killing salmonella or e coli from food?

In vitro, yes but...: In vivo, it would render your fish dish unpalatable and rather expensive. Since silver ions (single free-form silver) produce free radicles that can kill bacteria(the process can be done in a petri dish), it would mean impregnating and infusing your fish with silver- yuck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are epec, ehec, etec, and eaec extra-intestinal pathogenic e coli?

E. coli.: These are all different kinds of E. coli where the first E is always "entero" and the last two are always "E. coli." The second letter is what differs; hemorrhagic, toxigenic, etc. I'm not entirely sure what you mean by extra-intestinal E. coli though? E. coli are most commonly transmitted by a fecal-oral route as they reside in the intestine , but can infect other organs as well. ...Read more

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What antibiotic would you use to treat E. coli pneumonia?

What antibiotic would you use to treat E. coli pneumonia?

E.coli PNA: ciprofloxacin or Levaquin usually works well . also Ceftriaxone IV or Ceftin (cefuroxime) oral works as well. we need to test the E.coli and find out what is the best ABx for it as we have some resistant patterns. ...Read more

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Can your dog give your baby e. Coli bacteria or other germs?

Can your dog give your baby e. Coli bacteria or other germs?

E.coli and more: A dog may pick up any number of microbes from the environment and transmit the same to a baby through close contact, including licking the baby and baby licking the dog. ...Read more

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Can you combine cefixime and ofloxacin to treat an e coli urinary infection?

Can you combine cefixime and ofloxacin to treat an e coli urinary infection?

No: There is no need of combination abx for e. Coli uti, need to treat as per symptoms and sensitivity with single agent .See your physician or infectious disease physician ...Read more

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Can you tell me how e. coli reated to science?

Can you tell me how e. coli reated to science?

I'm not sure what: you are wanting to know. Escherichia coli is a bacterium found predominantly in intestines of warm blooded animals including humans. It is not usually harmful in its body environment but can cause cause infections, commonly in the urinary tract or gut. It is transmitted by fecal contamination, so hand washing after a BM is important. Women particularly should wipe front to back after a BM. ...Read more