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E-coli is a type of bacteria that causes food poisoning. While certain e-coli bacteria live in our bodies naturally, specific forms of e-coli can cause a wide range of symptoms when introduced into the intestines through contaminated food.

If you are experiencing symptoms of e-coli food poisoning, it is important that you see your doctor promptly. Although most e-coli infections are not life-threatening, some individuals can develop a condition known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) that can potentially lead to fatal kidney failure. Other complications are possible as well; and, from medical bills and lost wages to chronic pain and suffering, many people diagnosed with e-coli food poisoning will suffer substantial losses.

Q: What foods can carry harmful e-coli bacteria?

Several different types of foods can carry harmful e-coli bacteria. It is not unusual to hear about cases of e-coli food poisoning resulting from consumption of:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Meats
  • Poultry
  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Seafood
  • Unpasteurized milk and other dairy products

E-coli bacteria can exist in water as well, and drinking contaminated water or eating foods that have been washed or prepared using contaminated water can also lead to food poisoning.

Q: What are the symptoms of e-coli food poisoning?

Like many other forms of food poisoning, it can take anywhere from a day to a week (or even longer) to begin experiencing symptoms of an intestinal e-coli infection. Once the onset of symptoms begin, individuals who have consumed harmful e-coli can experience:

  • Bloody stool or urine
  • Cramping
  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Flatulence
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Watery diarrhea

Additionally, early symptoms of HUS can include confusion, dark-colored urine, decreased urine output, and pale skin (facial pallor).

Q: What are some of the risk factors for e-coli food poisoning?

There are a variety of factors that can lead to grocery stores, restaurants and other businesses selling foods contaminated with e-coli. Some of the most-common issues include:

  • Employees failing to wash their hands properly before preparing food
  • Using cutlery, kitchen equipment and dishes that have not been adequately cleaned
  • Serving dairy products and other foods that have not been properly refrigerated or stored in sanitary conditions
  • Serving undercooked meat, poultry and seafood
  • Serving fruits and vegetables that have not been washed (or that have been washed with contaminated water)

Q: Are certain people at greater risk for contracting HUS and suffering other complications from e-coli food poisoning?

Yes. While anyone can suffer from e-coli food poisoning, individuals in certain populations are at increased risk for potentially-dangerous complications. Those who are at greater risk for suffering HUS and other complications include:

  • Individuals who are taking certain types of medications
  • Individuals with weakened immune systems
  • Senior citizens
  • Young children

Seek Just Compensation for E-Coli Food Poisoning

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with e-coli food poisoning, we encourage you to contact us for a complimentary initial consultation. We can help you understand your rights; and, if you have a case, we can help you win just compensation. To speak with one of our experienced attorneys in Tallahassee or West Palm Beach, please call (800) 780-8607 or request an appointment online today.

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