Over the fear of the possible contamination of E. Coli contamination, the US Department of Agriculture said on Saturday October, 1st, 2011. E-coli variety that appears to be involved in the contamination is O157:H7. The E-coli or Escherichia Coli O157:H7 is enterohemorrhagic stain of the bacteria which usually causes foodborne diseases. Some of the common foodborne diseases may be the major cause to hemorrhagic diarrhea, dehydration and in worst case scenarios may also lead to potential kidney failure. They are mainly found in undercooked, contaminated ground beef, swimming, or by drinking contaminated water and also eating contaminated vegetables. The general signs and symptoms that is associated with E-Coli O157:H7 are severe and acute hemorrhagic diarrhea and major abdominal cramps. There are no signs of fever and the illness gets resolves in five to 10 days. However, the E-Coli bacteria can cause dangerous impact on the children and elderly people leading to kidney failure. The bacteria can also cause lot of damage to people who have weak immune systems and are more susceptible to foodborne illness.
According to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, there are positive tests that were found in the some of the samples of beef which was produced by the company on September 23rd of this year. Due to unusually high number of confirmed E-coli positive results in the samples, the company has decided to recall variety of beef primal and sub primal cuts. The products were manufactured in Pico Rivera in California and shipped to several retail and food service establishments in California and Arizona and to one of the establishments of Nebraska.
However, for the people who have already consumed the beef product there is no requirement for panic. Most of the time, the illness can get recovered in just 5 to 10 days, without any need of any antibiotics. In case of excessive dehydration, there would be a requirement of fluid replacement and blood pressure support. However, if acute symptoms are observed, then there could be necessity of blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. If the symptoms show the sign of HUS (Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome), then the patient may require to get admitted in intensive care unit, which is a life-threatening stage with a death rate of 3-5%. An immediate consultation by the family physician would be helpful to recover from the illness.