Frequently Asked Questions
What diseases are caused by E . coli?
- Urinary tract infection (UTI; most common)
- Enteric infection (certain strains)
- Invasive infection (rare, except in neonates)
- Infection at other sites
What is the most common source of E coli?
E. coli (Escherichia coli) is an enteric bacterium, which means that it occurs naturally in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals, including reptiles. Most commonly, E. coli infection in humans stems from eating foods contaminated with animal feces. The major source for human E. coli infections is cattle, but toxic E. coli live in the guts of all other ruminant animals, as well ...
How serious is E coli?
Most cases of E. coli infections are mild and do not cause a serious health risk. Cases resolve on their own with rest and drinking plenty of fluids. However, some strains can cause severe symptoms and even life-threatening complications, such as hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can lead to kidney failure and death.
How dangerous is ecoli in the sputum?
One strain, E. coli O157:H7, produces a powerful toxin (poison), and can cause severe illness, kidney failure and even death. The symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 are diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, and malaise.