What is enterohemorrhagic E. Coli?

Leigh Vinocur, MD
Emergency Medicine
A more dangerous strain of E Coli is E Coli 0157:H7, also called enterohemorrhagic E Coli. This strain is a pathogenic strain causing disease and inflammation in the colon (colitis) that can lead to bloody diarrhea. It also produces a toxin that further damages the intestines. The strain is commonly associated with eating undercooked meats, especially ground beef with its increased surface area that provides bacteria with a perfect breeding ground. It is also caused from consuming raw unpasteurized milk and dairy products, as well as produce, grown and irrigated with water contaminated by human or animal waste.
This is a type of E. coli bacteria that is usually found in your intestines. However, this specific bacterium makes a certain toxin, called a Shiga toxin, that can cause bloody diarrhea. This toxin can also get into the bloodstream and potentially cause serious damage to your kidneys.

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