Emily Ashley


A bacteria that normally lives in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most of these bacteria are harmless.

You may exposed to it from:

Contaminated food:

  • Ground beef- e-coli from the cow's intestines can get on the meat
  • unpasteurized milk-bacteria from the cows may get into it
  • fresh produce- runoff from cattle fields can contaminate food
  • restaurant meals- servers may not wash hands
Contaminated water:

  • human and animal feces may pollute any body of water
Personal contact:

  • can easily travel from person to person, especially when they do not wash their hands


abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting


Most healthy adults recover within a week. However some people, particularly children and older adults may develop life threatening kidney failure.

Targets individuals based on:

  • Age: Young children and older adults have the highest risk
  • Weakened immune systems: people with weak immune systems, AIDS, or drugs to treat cancer or drugs to prevent rejection of organ transplants
  • Eating certain types of food: under cooked hamburger, unpasteurized milk, apple juice or cider and soft cheeses made from raw milk


it is estimated that 10,000-20,000 cases occur in the United States each year