How is it transmitted?
Undercooked or raw hamburgers
Produce such as spinach, lettuce, sprouted seeds
Unpasturized milk, apple juice and apple cider
Contaminated well water frequented by animals
The disease can lead to permanent loss of kidney function.
Anyone but especially young children and the elderly.
Hemorrhagic colitis is diagnosed by isolation of E. coli of serotype O157:H7 or other verotoxin-producing E. coli from diarrheal stools. Alternatively, the stools can be tested directly for the presence of verotoxin. Confirmation can be obtained by isolation of E. coli of the same serotype from the incriminated food.
Because of the unmistakable symptoms of profuse, visible blood in severe cases, those victims probably seek medical attention, but less severe cases are probably more numerous.
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