Some are sad and craving their favorite salad and some are using this as an excuse to forego a mid-holiday season diet plan. Either way, it is important to stay up to date on food recalls, learn about symptoms to look out for, and know when to seek medical attention.
What is E. Coli?
a bacterium commonly found in the intestines of humans and other animals, where it usually causes no harm. Some strains (such as the one found recently in romaine- STEC) can cause severe food poisoning, especially in old people and children.
What are the symptoms of the STEC strain of E.Coli?
Symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection vary for each person, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some people may have a fever, which usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/38.5˚C). Most people get better within 5 to 7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening.
Most people with a STEC infection start feeling sick 3 to 4 days after eating or drinking something that contains the bacteria. However, illnesses can start anywhere from 1 to 10 days after exposure. Contact your healthcare provider if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 days or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down and you pass very little urine.
Information source: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/ecoli-symptoms.html