10 Symptoms of E. Coli Infection

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  • 1. Escherichia Coli (E. Coli) Infections. Epidemiology. Author: Tarun Madappa MD - https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/217485-overview#a6
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Escherichia Coli is a bacterium of the Escherichia genus. It is usually found in our large intestines where they live in balance with other bacteria causing no harm. These bacteria have the potential to colonize different tissues and cause havoc. There are many types of E. Coli, each with different action mechanisms to colonize and damage our cells.

Escherichia Coli is a common cause of many infectious conditions, such as urinary tract infections (UTI), travelers’ diarrhea, meningitis, foodborne diseases, and many more. In the US, E. Coli is the leading cause of urinary tract infections and it is associated with up to 15% of the cases of traveler’s diarrhea in the developing countries.1Escherichia Coli (E. Coli) Infections. Epidemiology. Author: Tarun Madappa MD - https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/217485-overview#a6

1. Fever

A fever is an increase in body temperature. Usually, the temperature should be above 38⁰C (100.4⁰F) in order to be considered as a fever, but this depends on the site where the temperature is being measured. A fever is usually a response of the body to a threat. By increasing the body’s thermostat set point, we start to shiver to generate heat in order to reach the new temperature that has been set.

In the case of an E. Coli infection, a fever is a common symptom associated with many conditions such as a urinary tract infection, meningitis, and gastroenteritis to name a few. In adults, a fever is not dangerous on its own, but in young children, a high fever may lead to febrile seizures, so it is important to seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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