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The Dangers of E. Coli

Escherichia coli, more commonly known as E. coli, are bacteria that naturally exist within the intestinal tracts of humans and other mammals. Most forms of E. coli are safe and even beneficial to our digestive systems. However, some forms produce a toxin known as Shiga toxin or Stx, which can be harmful or even life-threatening. The form of E. coli that is most commonly associated with Stx and related symptoms is known as E. coli 0157:H7.

Dangerous forms of E. coli can be spread through contact with fecal matter, inadequately cleaned food, and undercooked meat. Restaurants, packaged food manufacturers, and agricultural businesses are all well aware of this risk; they have no excuse if their negligent actions make their customers ill. To learn about legal options for victims of E. coli infection, call Jacksonville food poisoning lawyer Don Guthrie at 904-296-1088.

E. Coli Symptoms and Treatment

People who have become infected with a dangerous strain of E. coli generally begin to show symptoms within a few days, although the disease’s incubation period can be anywhere from one day to a week. The typical symptoms of this kind of infection are:

  • Sudden onset of abdominal cramps, pain, and tenderness
  • Severe, often bloody diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting

Unfortunately there is no consistently effective treatment for E. coli infections; antibiotics are not effective in most cases. However, hospital workers can help patients by providing fluids, a comfortable place to rest, and close monitoring in case life-threatening complications develop. Young children, senior citizens, and immune-compromised people are the most vulnerable to such complications, although they can happen to young and healthy adults.

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If you or a member of your family has suffered from an E. coli infection due to a person or corporation’s failure to take proper safety precautions, you could have grounds for a legal claim. To learn more, contact Jacksonville personal injury lawyer Don Guthrie at 904-296-1088.

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