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.