Date PostedOctober 28, 2012

Long Term Effects of E.Coli Poisoning

Source : Christopher Bulle

E.Coli poisoning may cause effects on your health, including diarrhea and vomiting which are temporary but long term effects may be more dangerous.

E. coli 0157:H7 has been identified by scientists as the most dangerous strain of E.Coli and can be transmitted by consuming raw vegetables and undercooked ground beef containing the bacteria. While the effects of vomiting, diarrhea and fever may show themselves within 7 days there is also long term, more serious effects.

One of the long term effects is Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. This involves the destruction of red blood cells by the E.Coli toxins. It affects the kidneys in particular and can result in death.

Another serious side effect is Hemolytic Anemia which occurs when there are not enough red blood cells in the blood because E.Coli destroys them.

Perhaps the most deadly effect of E.Coli poisoning is that it may cause kidney failure. Acute kidney failure is when the kidneys can no longer remove waste from the blood and concentrate urine without losing electrolytes. Dialysis may be necessary.

The best defence against E.coli poisoning is to ensure food is properly cooked before consuming. Also ensure that food is hygienically handled to prevent developing any of these dangerous illnesses associated with E.Coli poisoning.


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