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What are the causes of E. coli enteritis?

Posted on June 2, 2015 12:59 pm under Defective Food Product

E. coli enteritis occurs when the intestines have been inflamed due to E. coli bacteria, which can oftentimes be found in unsanitary food items and contaminated water. E. coli enteritis is accompanied by bloody diarrhea, which can result in serious dehydration when not treated promptly.

Not all strains of E. coli bacteria are harmful. In fact, some E. coli types naturally live along the inside lining of the human intestines. However, exposure to dangerous forms of E. coli may cause you to develop enteritis. Harmful E. coli bacteria can be found in:

  • Private wells and other water sources contaminated by runoff, human and animal feces, or other harmful contaminants
  • Unpasteurized milk, or products that use unpasteurized milk
  • Poorly cleaned fresh produce
  • Undercooked ground meat

With sanitation and proper food preparation, cases of E. coli enteritis in restaurants are completely avoidable. Consult with our team of premises liability attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® if your health has been adversely affected after eating at a restaurant in Milwaukee. Call us at (414) 271-0900 for an assessment of your case today.