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Hemorrhagic E. coli Diarrhea (Taco Bell Diarrhea) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Hemorrhagic E. coli diarrhea causes a bloody colitis (inflammation of the bowel). The bacterium involved is, of course, Eschericia coli, usually the strain E. coli 0157:H7. The diarrhea is severe with painful abdominal cramps, gross blood in the stool. It ususally lasts for 6 to 8 days. Most commonly, E. coli 01257:H7 comes from eating raw or undercooked ground beef (hamburger) or from drinking raw milk or contaminated water. Less commonly, E coli O157:H7 can be transmitted directly from one person to another. With recent outbreaks this disorder is in danger of being named for Taco Bell.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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