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This is why you should never trust public places. NOBODY is immune to E-Coli and people and babies can die from it. Not everyone at a mall, airport, grocery store, etc. washes their hands after going to the bathroom. They spread this disease all over the place!

What is E.coli?

E.coli is a group of bacteria, one of which is called "Verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli" ("VTEC" or E.coli 0157). E.coli causes a range of illness, ranging from mild diarrhoea to severe inflammation of the large intestine.

How does E.coli spread?

Only a small number of bacteria need to be swallowed for infection to occur.
The bacteria can spread from one person to another if someone doesn't wash their hands properly after going to the toilet, or before preparing food.
It is particularly prevalent in households, nurseries and infant schools.

Is it contagious?

E. coli can be easily spread from person to person by the fecal-oral route. This is one of the reasons that washing the hands after toileting or diapering is so important. Unwashed hands spread the bacteria widely throughout the environment.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of E. coli infection can vary quite widely, depending both on the location of the infection and the strain of E. coli involved.
Diarrhea might be explosive and short-term, or it might be chronic low grade diarrhea that slows growth. It might be a mild, non-descript diarrheal illness with watery stools, or there may be severe abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, or a high fever. Those with E. coli O157:H7 might also develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (anemia, low platelets, blood in the stool and urine, and kidney failure). E. coli in the urinary tract causes typical symptoms of urinary tract infections, which might include burning on urination, increased urination, and perhaps fever. In newborns, the first signs of E. coli may be subtle. You might see the baby develop some combination of poor feeding, pauses in breathing, a temperature that is too high or too low, irritability, or excessive sleepiness. Some babies vomit, have diarrhea, or have swollen bellies.

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