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There is no evidence that organic foods are more likely to be contaminated than traditionally grown foods.

Hand washing can prevent the spread of E. coli O157 and the contamination of foods.

One estimate says that there are 10,000 to 20,000 infections every year in the United States.

Symptoms can include diarrhea (more often than not it is bloody), often times vomiting, and severe cramping of the stomach. A mild fever may or may not be present. A human usually is ill for 2-10 days. To learn more about E. coli symptoms click here.

Some people (more common in young children) can get hemolytic uremic syndrome (kidney failure). To learn more about HUS click here.

 This bacteria is diagnosed by culturing a stool sample.

E coli O157:H7 can contaminate drinking water. For more information on this and how to keep safe click here

There is no medication a person can take to get rid of E. coli O157. Eventually the body will be able to overcome this bacteria and the person will be fine. In some cases  a person may become very dehydrated and need to be on IV fluids.

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