E. coli: How to Stay Safe

E. coli: How to Stay Safe

EcoliEscherichia coli, commonly referred to as E. col, is a food- and water-borne virus which can cause a range of symptoms and lead to severe illness or even death if not treated properly. It seems like almost every day, we hear of some new food-related outbreak or factory recall due to concerns over the safety of what we and our pets are eating.

In this guide, you will discover what E. coli is, where it comes from, and why it is dangerous. You will also learn how to treat it effectively and what to do if you or a loved one start to show other symptoms.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you can’t prevent E. coli, the next best thing is to know the signs and symptoms, and dangers to watch out for, to keep you and your family safe.
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Table of Contents

What’s in This Guide

Introduction

1-What is E. coli?

2-Where does E. coli come from?

3-Who gets E. coli?

4-What are the causes of E. coli?

5-What are the symptoms of E. coli?

6-What are the main risks of E. coli?

7-How can I tell where I’ve caught E. coli from?

8-What to do if you think you have E. coli

9-How can E. coli be treated?

10-Preventing the spread of E. coli

11-The future of E. coli treatment

Conclusion

Resources

Further Reading

Appendix 1: Dehydration

Appendix 2: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)

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About the Authors

Carolyn Stone is the author of more than 100 health and self-help guides. She has worked in health and medical publishing for more than 20 years. Other food-borne illness titles she has written include guides on Norovirus, Listeria and Cyclospora.

Alanna Stone is a new health writer and blogger interested in preventive medicine.

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