What is E. coli and what are the symptoms of infection

What is E. coli? Experts talked about the causes, symptoms and ways to prevent deadly infections.

Not long ago, hundreds of British tourists were evacuated from the popular Egyptian resorts in connection with the threat of infection with E. coli. A couple from England died in a five-star hotel, and although the autopsy results are not yet known, measurements of the level of bacteria showed the presence of high quantity of E. coli in a hotel. Is a bacterium that normally lives in the intestines of humans and animals and is the cause of food poisoning. In most cases E. coli is not a threat to life, but it can be deadly.

In addition, the bacterium can cause serious infection of the bladder called cystitis. It comes at a time when bacteria spread from the intestines to the urinary tract. Some Escherichia coli strains cause gastrointestinal infection, the toxins can cause severe symptoms. Another serious complications associated with E. coli, the infection is called hemolytic uremic syndrome. It usually develops in 5-10% of people faced with the infection specific toxicodiousone form of Escherichia coli. This syndrome threatening complications to the kidneys and may even lead to kidney failure.

Poisoning Escherichia coli is accompanied by abdominal pain, sudden and severe diarrhea, flatulence, loss of appetite and nausea, vomiting, fatigue and fever. Sometimes in the urine found blood, skin pale, bruises and dehydration. Most often, the infection occurs from lack of hygiene when cooking home and restaurant products. That’s why it’s so important to wash your hands often, use clean towels to consume dairy products that have not been in a warm place for a long time. Pay special attention to the quality of the cooking, especially seafood, and unpasteurized milk. Increased risk of E. coli also threatens working with animals to people. (READ MORE)