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The New E. Coli Outbreak Trend

by Alethea (writer), Los Angeles, December 05, 2006


First, there was the spinach scare and then a few bad heads of lettuce. Now, E. Coli breakouts are coming out of a new source, Taco Bell.

Three different Taco Bell restaurants in New Jersey have presumed to be responsible for 22 cases of E. coli poisoning, 2 of which have been deemed serious. Two employees have been found to be contaminated with the E. Coli bacterium but were not showing symptoms of illness. An additional 14 cases arose in Long Island shortly thereafter and are currently being investigated to see whether there is a connection between these new infections and the restaurant chain.

Escherichia Coli (E. Coli) is a common bacteria that lives in the lower intestines of mammals. However, only a few strains of this bacterium cause complications. The milder forms can cause urinary tract infections, cramps, inflammation, fever, and diarrhea while the more severe forms can create meningitis, kidney failure, paralysis, and in some cases death. Symptoms usually last for about 3 to 4 days, but if you suspect you may have E. Coli poisoning you should seek medical attention to make sure it is nothing serious.

The best way you can catch the bad E. Coli is from undercooked meat, contaminated cheese, and more recently leafy green vegetables. The bacteria can also be passed from person to person if one is infected and does not wash their hands.

Although no cases of Taco Bell E. Coli have been reported in California, I would lay off the fast food for a while, clean your lettuce very well, and remember to wash your hands!

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3 comments on The New E. Coli Outbreak Trend

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By Ariel on December 05, 2006 at 12:21 am
Damn! Taco Bell was the only "mexican" food I liked! (yes, I stress the quotes)
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By Steven Lane on December 05, 2006 at 02:44 am
Three more good reasons for "Why not to live in New Jersey".
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By Aleksja88 on July 18, 2014 at 02:04 am

I am so interested in that finestre

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