Neonatal Meningitis

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Escherichia coli Escherichia coli, usually abbreviated E. coli, is a species of bacteria that often lives in the intestinal tract of humans and many other animals. Most strains of E. coli are harmless, while other strains of E. coli produce toxins that cause several types of disease in humans. Neonatal Meningitis: Neonatal meningitis is a condition in which the meninges, layers of tissue that cover the brain and spinal cord, are inflamed in a newborn; due to a bacterial infection. E. coli is one of the top causes of neonatal meningitis. Most cases of the disease are caused by E. coli that has what is called the K-1 antigen. Usually, this type of meningitis occurs from a blood infection with the bacteria. Symptoms include respiratory distress,…show more content…
Generally, a urinary tract infection, or UTI, takes hold when bacteria travel up the urethra to the bladder. If the bacteria ascend higher, a person may experience a kidney infection. The most frequent type of bacteria associated with UTIs is E. coli. Symptoms of a UTI include a frequent urge to urinate, burning pain in the pelvic area, or burning upon urination. Some people may feel pressure above the pubic bone. Fever is usually absent unless the infection has reached the kidneys. Symptoms of a kidney infection include low back or side pain, fever, nausea, or vomiting. Treatment for a UTI should be designed for each patient individually and is usually based on the patient's underlying medical conditions, what pathogens are causing the infection, and the susceptibility of the pathogens to treatments. Patients who are very ill usually require intravenous (IV) antibiotics and admission to a hospital; they usually have a kidney infection (pyelonephritis) that may be spreading to the bloodstream. Other people may have a milder infection (cystitis) and may get well quickly with oral antibiotics. E. coli Enteritis E. coli enteritis is an inflammation of the small intestine, caused by infection with certain strains of E. coli bacteria. The diarrheal diseases caused by E. coli range from mild to life-threatening, depending on the specific type of E. coli bacteria involved. It is the most common cause of…show more content…
Bacteria may get into your food in different ways: * Meat or poultry may come into contact with intestinal bacteria when being processed * Water that is used during growing or shipping may contain animal or human waste * Improper food handling or preparation Food poisoning often occurs from eating or drinking: * Any food prepared by someone who did not wash their hands properly * Any food prepared using unclean cooking utensils, cutting boards, or other tools * Dairy products or food containing mayonnaise (such as coleslaw or potato salad) that have been out of the refrigerator too long * Frozen or refrigerated foods that are not stored at the proper temperature or are not reheated properly * Raw fish or oysters * Raw fruits or vegetables that have not been washed well * Raw vegetable or fruit juices and dairy products * Undercooked meats or eggs * Water from a well or stream, or city or town water that has not been

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