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Food Poisoning Quick Facts -- E. coli

Escherichia coli, commonly called E. coli, is a form of bacteria found in the lower intestines of warm-blooded animals.  Most E. coli strains are considered harmless to humans, but some are capable of causing severe food poisoning.  One of the most dangerous strains is E. coli 0157:H7  The main symptoms of E. coli food poisoning are severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, often tinged with blood, dehydration, and anemia.  Children, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most vulnerable to E. coli food poisoning.  Beef is the most common source of E. coli food poisoning, but other foods (e.g., leafy greens, unpasteurized apple cider and milk) can also cause E. coli food poisoning.  In 1999 it was estimated that E. coli infected approximately 73,000 and killed approximately 60 persons in the United States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these numbers are thought to be on the decline.

If you suspect that you or someone you love has E. coli food poisoning, you should see a doctor immediately.

If you have been diagnosed with E. coli food poisoning and you would like to find out whether you have a food poisoning legal case, call us at 412-471-4300 , or email us.  At Berger & Lagnese, our attorneys specialize in food poisoning cases and work on cases in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Uniontown, Beaver, Erie, Washington, and all courts in Western Pennsylvania.  Our team of lawyers will help you find out how you became infected with E. coli and will help you determine whether you have a food poisoning case.