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E. coli is the name of a germ, or bacterium, that can live in your stomach and intestines. Some types of E. coli can cause illness and symptoms such as bloody diarrhea and cramps.
Symptoms of E. coli infection usually end in about 1 week with no further problems. But some people have severe blood and kidney problems.
People in Canada most often get an E. coli infection from eating meat that has been contaminated with E. coli. You can also get the infection from eating raw fruits and vegetables or dairy products that are contaminated with the bacteria. And you can get it from others who are infected.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
To prevent E. coli infection
To prevent spreading E. coli
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: October 31, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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