Escherichia Coli, or as it is usually called, E. coli, is a bacteria that is prevalent in the environment, as well as various foods, as well as the intestines of both people and animals. While most strains of E. coli are benign, there are some that can make you sick.
This bacteria was first discovered in 1885 by Theodor Escherich, after whom it was named. He discovered it in the feces of healthy individuals. The worst-ever outbreak of E. coli occurred in Scotland in 1996, when 21 people died from it.
The symptoms of E. coli tend to vary from person to person. However, some of the most commonly-occurring symptoms are the following:
⦁ Severe stomach cramps
⦁ Blood stools
Occasionally, a fever will also be present. However, it will usually stay below 101 F, or 38.5 C. Most infections are relatively mild, but they may sometimes even become life-threatening. Symptoms begin appearing within 3-4 days of consuming something that has been infected with E. coli. The extended range of developing symptoms is 1-10 days after being exposed to the bacteria. When diarrhea lasts for over three days, it may lead to a fever that rises above 102 F, as well as bloody stools and more vomiting. It may become difficult to keep liquids down, while also becoming challenging to urinate.
Treatment of E. coli involves the prescription and use of antibiotics in order to reduce the amount of time that symptoms are experienced. They are only used in moderate to severe cases, given that the infection will usually go away on its own.
There are a number of precautions you can take to prevent getting E. coli. The biggest way to avoid getting infects is to reduce your chances of getting food poisoning. If you are pregnant, a child, or someone who has a weakened immune system, you have a higher likelihood of getting infected.
Also, practice good hygiene, particularly when it comes to washing your hands. You should be washing your hands well after every time you use the bathroom. Also, thoroughly wash them both before and after preparing and eating food. Finally, wash your hands after coming into contact with animals and the environments they live in.
The cure with E. coli is to take antibiotics, unless there is a fever or bloody diarrhea present. The body will be able to get rid of the infection on its own in these cases, especially if the digestive system is not slowed down. You will want to avoid taking any over-the-counter medications that are designed to stop diarrhea.
E. coli is a bacterial infection that can be found practically everywhere, from water to soil, to sewage and food. Given the high prevalence of this bacteria, you will want to take steps to protect yourself and others.
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