E Coli (Escherichia Coli)

Grace Ellis


If you are infected with E Coli you could see in three or four days bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and nausea. A couple days after experiencing that you could potentially start vomiting. E Coli affects your kidneys and intestines. If the case is severe enough in older adults and children it may result in life long kidney failure.

Causes/Transmissions and Similar Diseases

The cause of E Coli is from a bacteria. Everybody has E Coli but only a certain type can harm you. It can be transmitted through different types of food including ground beef, contaminated water, and unpasteurized milk. It can also be transmitted by produce from run-off cattle farms. Some similar diseases to E Coli are Salmonella, Trichinella, and Vibro.

Prevention and Treatment

To prevent getting E Coli, you should always cook your hamburgers thoroughly, try to drink clear liquids, wash raw produce, and keep raw foods separate; and, as always, wash your hands.

Currently there is no vaccine for E Coli. If you do find yourself having E Coli, you should rest and drink lots of fluids. In severe cases you might have to stay at a hospital.


E Coli and be found anywhere with cows. There has been many outbreaks including an outbreak in Jimmy Johns throughout the nation during 2012. Another outbreak that occurred was from infected cookie dough affecting 30 states in 2009. The largest outbreak in the US was in 1992-1993.

Food borne illnesses cause 36% of infections. There is 73,000 cases every year. 3,000 people have died from food borne illnesses every year. E Coli has infected six continents and 30 countries.

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Keeping the public safe

To keep safe from E Coli in public, don't touch farm animals without permission. If you are changing a disposable baby's diaper you should wear disposable gloves. When you are swimming try to stay away from un-chlorined water.

How to keep safe in your home

Some ways to keep safe in your own home is to cook hamburgers thoroughly, drink pasteurized drinks, and don't let children use the same bathwater. You should always clean your veggies, utensils, and hands.

What the government is doing to help prevent E Coli

USDA is ensuring dairy and meat products are safe and accurately labeled. The FDA is charged to protect customers from unsafe food. The CDC has a food safety mission that watches outbreak response activities. The government spreads the word about E Coli by having conferences with states and they also have commercials about food borne illnesses.

How the prevent E Coli in industries

In industries, they are preventing E Coli by screening animals before they get slaughtered while they practice good hygienic slaughters. They also teach workers education about handling food.
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