E. Coli is a bacteria found naturally in all mammals. However, certain strains of the bacteria can cause serious illness in humans. E. Coli poisoning occurs most commonly through the consumption of undercooked beef. Although poisonous, E. Coli strains have been found in pigs and chicken, although it is predominantly found in cattle. E. Coli poisoning can also be caused by unpasteurized milk, juice, and sewage-contaminated water.
E. Coli poisoning can spread as a result of person-to-person transmission in the home or at schools, hospitals and especially daycare facilities. This threat can be reduced greatly through good hygiene.
E. Coli can be diagnosed by identifying the E. Coli bacterium in the stool. E. Coli infection almost always causes severe bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps. The illness generally takes 5 to 10 days to run its course. In most cases, people can recover from E. Coli without antibiotics or other treatment. In children and elderly persons, the infection also may cause hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious complication that destroys red blood cells leading to kidney failure.
If you have been the victim of food poisoning that caused an E. Coli infection, you may be able to sue the restaurant, grocery store or food manufacturer. You can seek compensation for medical bills, wages lost during your illness and recovery, and pain and suffering.
If you wish to pursue a lawsuit against a restaurant, grocery store, food manufacturer or other person responsible for your E. Coli poisoning, you may wish to speak with a personal injury lawyer. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and options, as well as help you deal with the complicated legal system.
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