Severe problems affecting the blood and kidneys may develop in a small
number of people (5% to 10%) infected with
E. coli O157:H7 who get sick enough to go to the
hospital.1 These problems include
anemia, a low number of
platelets in the blood, the formation of small blood
clots, and kidney (renal) failure.
You can get food poisoning after eating food contaminated by viruses or bacteria.
Other types of food poisoning can be caused by parasites or exposures to toxins or chemical agents.
Food poisoning causes anything from mild to severe acute discomfort and may leave you temporarily dehydrated.
Mild cases may last only a few hours or days, but more serious types, such as botulism or certain forms of chemical or toxin poisoning, are severe and possibly life-threatening unless you get medical...
People who have been diagnosed with E. coli infection should be monitored carefully for these problems. This is
especially important for children and older adults. They should have blood and
urine tests rather than waiting for symptoms to develop. Monitoring should
begin as soon as the diagnosis is made and continue for 2 weeks after diarrhea
The following factors may put you at
higher-than-average risk of developing blood and kidney problems from
E. coli infection:
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 29, 2012
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