Medically known as food-borne illness or food-borne disease, you probably know food poisoning as miserable -- whatever it's called.
It occurs when you eat or drink something contaminated with any number of disease-causing bacteria, viruses, or parasites. And it can result in diarrhea, vomiting, and fever, which can be serious if prolonged, and can lead to dehydration.
Most people rarely get sick from contaminated foods because their immune systems are strong enough to protect them. But when harmful...
Doctors who suspect E. coli infection will order a type of stool culture that detects strains of E. coli. Because the bacteria can leave the body in only a few days, the sample should be obtained as soon as possible after symptoms appear.
Other tests are sometimes used when the diagnosis is unclear, but these are not yet widely available.
If a child or older adult is diagnosed with E. coli infection, he or she may be watched for development of severe blood or kidney problems. Monitoring requires blood and urine tests to measure essential elements of blood and body fluids.