Symptoms of E. coli Food Poisoning

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection include severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. The diarrhea may become bloody and can lead to dehydration. There is usually little or no fever.  The infection (and its symptoms) will vary from individual to individual, ranging from a mild to a life-threatening illness.

The CDC reports that symptoms of E. coli food poisoning typically begin 3-4 days after eating a contaminated food; however, symptoms may occur anywhere from 1 to 10 days following pathogen exposure.

Complications of E. coli Food Poisoning

HUS – Complications of STEC infection may include Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a serious and sometimes life-threatening medical condition that occurs in about 5%-10% of cases*. HUS is characterized by anemia, low platelet count, and renal injury or failure. Blood transfusions and kidney dialysis may be required.

TTP – Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) is characterized by anemia, low platelet count, and renal injury or failure.  There may be Central Nervous System involvement and/or fever as well.

What You Can Do If You Suspect a Foodborne Illness

Put your health first.  If you suspect that you may have contracted food poisoning or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your healthcare professional. He or she can best answer your questions, provide necessary medical care, and if appropriate, order diagnostic laboratory testing. If you believe that your illness may be related to a restaurant or food establishment, contact your county board of health department so they can investigate the matter.

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If you or a family member has suffered from E. coli food poisoning, and you have a question about your legal rights, you can request a free case evaluation from our firm by selecting E. coli Lawyer. You can also contact us toll free at 877-934-6274.  Our phones are answered 24/7.

*E. coli (Escherichia coli), General information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/general/index.html.

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