Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157
Escherichia coli O157, sometimes called VTEC, is a bacterial infection that can cause severe stomach pain, bloody diarrhoea and kidney failure.
E. coli O157 is found in the gut and faeces of many animals, particularly cattle. It is an uncommon cause of gastroenteritis but can be caught by:
NHS Choices information on Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157, a bacterial infection that can cause severe stomach pain, bloody diarrhoea and more serious complications.
Symptoms include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and occasionally fever. About half of people with the infection will have bloody diarrhoea. People usually notice symptoms three to four days after they hav
There is no specific treatment for E. coli O157 infection. People who are infected can usually be cared for at home and most will get better without medical treatment. It is important to drink plenty
Strict hygiene measures are essential to stop others getting infected. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap in running water and dry them completely . Use liquid soap and warm water if you can. E
Anyone who has had an E. coli O157 infection should stay away from work or school until they have been completely free of symptoms for 48 hours. Most people are no longer infectious after about a wee