What raises the suspicion of enterohemorrhagic E coli in bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Bloody diarrhea with a history of ground beef ingestion should raise the suspicion for enterohemorrhagic E coli. If E coli is found in the stool, type it to determine if it is O157:H7. Report cases of E coli O157:E7 gastroenteritis (and other infectious problems) to the state health department. Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O103:H2 has also been detected in raw cow milk and dairy farm cattle. [43]


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