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Baltimore E. Coli Attorney

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a type of bacteria commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals. While most strains of E. coli are harmless and are an important part of a healthy intestinal tract, some can cause serious food poisoning and other infections.

What Are the Symptoms of E. coli Infection?

The symptoms of an E. coli infection can vary depending on the specific strain of E. coli and the severity of the infection. Generally, E. coli infections affect the gastrointestinal system, but they can also lead to serious complications. Here are the common symptoms:

  • Watery Diarrhea: Common with many E. coli strains, especially enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC).
  • Bloody Diarrhea: Associated particularly with enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), such as E. coli O157.
  • Abdominal Pain and Cramps: Severe stomach cramps and abdominal pain are typical.
  • Nausea and Vomiting: Nausea and occasional vomiting are common, often accompanying diarrhea.
  • Gas and Bloating: Gastrointestinal discomfort, including gas and bloating, is frequent.
  • Loss of Appetite: A reduced desire to eat due to gastrointestinal distress.

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)

This serious condition can develop in about 5-10% of those infected with E. coli O157.

  • Symptoms include decreased urine output, dark or tea-colored urine, pale skin, and easy bruising.
  • Can lead to kidney failure, especially in young children and the elderly.

Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP)

rare but severe complication that can cause blood clots in small blood vessels throughout the body, leading to strokes, kidney problems, and other serious issues.

Onset of Symptoms

Symptoms typically begin 1 to 10 days after exposure, with most cases presenting within 3 to 4 days. The severity and duration of symptoms can vary, but most people recover within a week.

When to Seek Medical Attention

While people can self-manage some E. coli infections, if you experience any of the following symptoms, it’s important to speak to your healthcare professional as soon as possible.

  • Severe Diarrhea: Particularly if it is bloody.
  • High fever: This is especially true if it is accompanied by other severe symptoms.
  • Severe Abdominal Pain: Persistent or worsening pain.
  • Signs of Dehydration: Such as decreased urination, dry mouth, and dizziness.
  • Symptoms of HUS or TTP: If you notice signs like decreased urine output, extreme fatigue, or unusual bruising.E. coli poisoning can cause a range of symptoms, from mild gastrointestinal distress to severe, life-threatening complications. Recognizing the symptoms early and seeking appropriate medical care can help manage the infection and prevent serious outcomes. If you suspect you have an E. coli infection, especially if experiencing severe or worsening symptoms, consult a healthcare provider promptly.

Sources of E. coli Infection

  • Contaminated food and water, particularly undercooked ground beef, raw milk, and fresh produce.
  • Person-to-person contact, especially in environments like daycare centers.
  • Contact with animals or their environments, such as petting zoos or farms.


  • Cook meats thoroughly to an internal temperature of at least 160°F (71°C).
  • Avoid unpasteurized milk and dairy products.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables well under running water.

Baltimore E. coli Statistics

Outbreaks often result in numerous illnesses, hospitalizations, and occasionally deaths. Public health responses include identifying the source of contamination, recalling affected products, and providing guidance to prevent further spread

In 2019, the Maryland Department of Health investigated an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce in Ready Pac Bistro® Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad.

Maryland has also been impacted by several multistate E. coli outbreaks linked to ground beefromaine lettuceleafy greens, and I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter.

Have You Had E. coli?

An E. coli infection can have serious health consequences, and if the infection is due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, seeking legal representation can help the victim obtain compensation for their suffering and losses. A Baltimore E. Coli attorney can provide the necessary expertise and support to navigate the legal process and hold the responsible parties accountable.

Don’t wait any longer! Call The Lange Law Firm at (833) 330-3663 or message us online today for a free consultation. Our experts are ready to thoroughly investigate your E. coli case and secure the compensation you deserve.