What is enterohemorrhagic E. Coli?

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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.
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.

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