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Denver E. Coli Attorney

E. coli (Escherichia coli) is a bacterium found in the intestines of humans and animals. While many strains are harmless and essential for a healthy gut, some can cause serious illness. For instance, the strain E. coli O157:H7 is associated with severe food poisoning, leading to symptoms like abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Infections are often linked to contaminated food or water, underscoring the importance of proper food hygiene and handling practices.

Symptoms of E. coli

E. coli (Escherichia coli) infection manifests with several characteristic symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Understanding these symptoms is crucial for early detection and treatment.

  • Intense Abdominal Cramping: The pain is often sharp and persistent, significantly affecting daily activities.
  • Diarrhea: In cases of E. coli infection, the diarrhea is often bloody, indicating the presence of toxins that damage the lining of the intestines. This symptom is a red flag for E. coli and should not be ignored.
  • Nausea and Vomiting: These symptoms can contribute to the difficulty in maintaining proper hydration and nutrition.
  • Dehydration: Due to the severe diarrhea and vomiting, dehydration can set in quickly. Signs of dehydration include:
  • Dry Mouth: A persistent feeling of dryness in the mouth and throat.
  • Reduced Urination: A noticeable decrease in the frequency and volume of urine, which may also appear darker than usual.
  • Dizziness: A feeling of lightheadedness or vertigo, particularly when standing up quickly.
  • Fatigue and Weakness: The combined effects of dehydration, reduced nutrient intake, and the body’s effort to fight off the infection can lead to significant fatigue and weakness. This can leave individuals feeling exhausted and unable to perform normal activities.

The presence of these symptoms, particularly if diarrhea is bloody, strongly suggests an E. coli infection and necessitates immediate medical evaluation. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to prevent complications such as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe condition that can lead to kidney failure. If you or someone you know exhibits these symptoms, seek medical attention promptly.

How E. coli Causes Food Poisoning

E. coli (Escherichia coli) is a type of bacteria commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals. While most strains of E. coli are harmless and play an important role in a healthy intestinal tract, some strains can cause food poisoning. The most notorious of these is E. coli O157:H7.

  • Contamination: E. coli can contaminate food at various stages, including during production, processing, handling, and preparation. Common sources include:
  • Raw or undercooked meat: Especially ground beef, as the bacteria can be present on the surface of meat and can be mixed throughout when ground.
  • Contaminated water: Used for irrigation or washing food.
  • Unpasteurized dairy products and juices: These can carry the bacteria if they come from contaminated sources.
  • Raw vegetables and fruits: If they come into contact with contaminated water or soil.
  • Ingestion: The bacteria travel to the intestines once contaminated food or water is ingested.
  • Adherence and Colonization: E. coli bacteria adhere to the lining of the intestines using specialized structures like pili and fimbriae. They then begin to multiply.
  • Toxin Production: Certain strains, such as E. coli O157:H7, produce powerful toxins called Shiga toxins. These toxins can damage the lining of the intestine, leading to symptoms.

How to Prevent an Outbreak Spreading

Preventing the spread of E. coli infections involves maintaining strict hygiene and food safety practices. Key measures include thorough hand washing with soap and water, especially after using the restroom and before handling food, and using hand sanitizer when necessary.

Food should be cooked to safe internal temperatures, particularly ground beef, and cross-contamination should be avoided by using separate cutting boards for raw meat and other foods. All fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly, and kitchen surfaces and utensils should be sanitized regularly. Consuming unpasteurized dairy products and untreated water should be avoided, and people should refrain from preparing food for others when experiencing diarrhea. Additionally, hands should be washed after contact with animals or visiting farms to further reduce the risk of infection.

Denver Statistics on E. coli Cases

The number of E. coli cases each year in Denver County between 2019-2023 were:

  • 2019 – 97 cases
  • 2020 – 44 cases
  • 2021 – 54 cases
  • 2022 – 87 cases
  • 2023 – 98 cases

Colorado has been impacted by E. coli outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce and ground beef in 2018, romaine lettuce again in 2019, and, most recently, raw cheddar cheese in 2024.

Contact Us Now

Have you been impacted by E. coli? Call The Lange Law Firm at (833) 330-3663 or message us online today to schedule your free consultation. We specialize in handling E. coli cases and will use our expertise to build a strong case on your behalf, seeking compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and suffering.

Jory Lange: Experienced E. Coli Attorney

E. Coli Lawyer Jory Lange

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