Escherichia coli, also known as E-coli is a bacteria found in the gut of warm-blooded organisms.
As humans, we carry e-coli in our gut, which has benefits including the production of Vitamin k2. Most strains of the bacteria are harmless, however there are a few strands which can cause food poisoning.
Most individuals will make a full recovery from food poisoning caused by e-coli, however those that are vulnerable such as children, the elderly and people with low immune systems, can suffer more.
Symptoms can include:
If you think that you are suffering from food poisoning, it is important that you visit your GP to obtain a firm diagnosis, with samples being sent for testing to confirm the bacteria which has caused the problem.