Escherichia coli (or simply E. coli) is one of the many groups of bacteria that live in the intestines of healthy humans and most warm-blooded animals. A particular strain of E. coli known as E. coli O157:H7 causes a severe intestinal infection in humans.
Symptoms may include:
Recovery for most people with this illness usually occurs within 5 to 10 days.
If the patient develops HUS, hospitalization in an intensive care unit may be required. Treatment may include blood transfusions and kidney dialysis.