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What are the symptoms of Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli infection?

Leigh Vinocur, MD
Emergency Medicine
Symptoms of  enterohemorrhagic E Coli are bloody diarrhea and fever. Most healthy people recover in about a week, however about 7-10% of young children, the elderly or immune compromised individuals can develop a serious complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This complication causes severe anemia from the destruction of red blood cells, which in turn clogs up the kidneys resulting in dialysis-requiring kidney failure. Occasionally, it can even be fatal.
Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia is characterized by diarrhea with profuse, visible blood, along with abdominal tenderness. Some individuals experience severe abdominal cramps and a low-grade fever, but in others, fever may be absent. Nausea and vomiting may be seen, and dehydration is possible.

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