E.coli – or to give it its proper name, Escherichia coli – is one of many potential causes of food poisoning. E.coli food poisoning tends to result from consuming milk or cheese that has not been pasteurised.
It can also be caught from eating meat that has not been cooked properly. However there are other ways it can be contracted, such as through coming into contact with animals who have E.coli already.
E.coli food poisoning is not a pleasant experience to go through. It is preventable if the right steps are taken to ensure infection does not occur. For example cooking meat thoroughly will ensure any E.coli present in the meat is killed and does not affect the person eating it.
In some cases an outbreak of E.coli might potentially occur if people have been to a particular location where proper health and safety and food safety rules have not been followed.
What are the typical symptoms?
If you suffer from this type of poisoning you will get symptoms that can potentially be typical of several other causes of food poisoning. For example these might include diarrhoea, feeling sick and vomiting.
While most cases resolve themselves the symptoms of E.coli can last longer than is typical of other causes. For example this infection can last for as long as two weeks.
Clearly you would not want to have any chance of being infected by this bacteria if you can possibly help it. If you are and it occurs because someone else was at fault for not following health and safety rules, and of course food hygiene rules, this could mean negligence was at play.
Drinking plenty of fluids
This is the best thing you can do if you do develop these symptoms. It is very easy to become dehydrated when you are being sick and experiencing diarrhoea on a regular basis.
It is best to drink tiny amounts regularly rather than trying to take in too much at once, which may make you sick again.
As you can see, there are things you can do to limit the discomfort you feel. However it is best not to have the infection in the first place.
If you suspect someone else was negligent in causing your infection to occur, speak with an adviser at Accident Advice Helpline today. Just call 0800 689 0500 to find out more information now.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen