E. Coli Infection From Food or Water: Blood and Kidney Problems - Topic Overview
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.
Here are some tips to prevent food poisoning:
Always wash hands before preparing any food; wash utensils with hot soapy water after using them to prepare any meat or fish.
Don't thaw frozen meat at room temperature. Let meat thaw gradually in a refrigerator, or thaw it quickly in a microwave oven and cook immediately.
Avoid uncooked marinated food and raw meat, fish, or eggs; cook all such food thoroughly.
Check expiration dates on all foods.
In restaurants, return any undercooked...
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: