Do you know what it takes to keep you and your family from getting
food poisoning? Some 82% of Americans say they're confident they prepare
food safely. Yet many do not adhere to simple guidelines for safe food
handling, according to a 2008 survey by the International Food Information
salmonella to E. coli to listeria, food poisoning is on consumers'
minds after a series of high-profile outbreaks across the country. But how much
do we really know about keeping food...
There are many
conditions with symptoms similar to those of E. coli intestinal infection. Diagnosis of E. coli infection can be
complicated by the fact that most bacterial infections that cause diarrhea are
accompanied by a high fever. If you have no fever or only a mild fever, your
doctor may suspect that something other than bacteria is causing your
Bloody diarrhea is common in confirmed cases of
E. coli intestinal infection, but the bacteria also should be
considered a possible cause of non-bloody diarrhea.
For more information on
when to call a doctor about non-bloody diarrhea, see:
E. coli infection usually end in about a week with no
further problems. But
severe blood and kidney problems may occur within 2 weeks after the onset of diarrhea. These problems can
cause kidney failure and sometimes long-term disability or death in some
children and older adults.