Esterichia Coli

By Tate Happel

What is it?

Escherichia Coli is an organism that can cause severe problems. We need this organism to survive. E. Coli gets really dangerous, but most of the time it is harmless. If you do think you have it contact a doctor.

Risk Factors

Young children and adults are more likely to catch this disease. Also in the months June through September, it has been found more people catch E. Coli. Any drugs that will weaken your immune system such as drugs for organ transplants, AIDS, and cancer.

How is it spread?

Some webisites have recorded about 20,000 cases of E. Coli per year. Some books have said over 70,000 cases a year. Up in the northern United States it isn't as common to catch E. Coli. The disease is becoming a global problem. It's spread by food and water. There have been few major outbreaks, but when an outbreak occurs, it's never kept to one state.

Treatment

The vaccine for E. Coli is still being devoloped. You need to be drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. You need to also be getting plenty of rest. If your case gets bad you can be hospitalized. Most people recover in five to ten days.

Public Health

The public can help prevent E. Coli. They can be sure to never serve unpasteuized milk, or raw beef. The food proccessors should always wash and check their meat before shipping it to the stores. The delivering companies should never bring contaminated food into another state, that can cause a huge outbreak.

Who can help?

For advice on cooking meat properly, you can contact the U. S. D. A. They can have somebody teach you over the phone. Be sure to contact their oultry and meat lilne. Also the meat should only have clear juices and no pink in the middle

Overall

E. Coli is a baterium that we need to survive, but it can be dangerous if it gets out of hands. It can cause severe problems, but as long as you are cooking your meat right and drinking the right milk, you should be safe from Escherichia Coli.

Bibliography

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