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E. coli: Escherichia coli 0157:H7, E. coli 0157:H7 (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for E. coli 0157:H7

Since nausea, vomiting, low-grade fever, and diarrhea are common symptoms of many diseases, many clinicians suggest that affected individuals should seek medical care if:

  • there are signs of dehydration (for example, decreased urination, dry mucous membranes), especially in children under 5 years of age and the elderly;
  • sustained fever over 101 F (37.7 C);
  • presence of blood in the stool;
  • known ingestion of E. coli 0157:H7 contaminated food or fluid or close contact with people known to have E. coli 0157:H7 infection;
  • any complication of E. coli 0157:H7 infection (see section below).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/19/2012
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