E Coli in Water. How can it affect you?

October 15, 2017

E Coli in Water. How can it affect you?

Microorganisms cause several diseases globally. Though they are invisible, the problems they cause are huge. Viruses and Bacteria are most feared among all microbes since they cause the most dangerous diseases on earth. Escherichia coli is bacterium organism that lives in the digestive tracts of humans and animals. Though most of the E.coli strains are harmless, some can cause severe damage to the intestines. A few strains of E. coli bacteria may cause severe anaemia or kidney failure, which can finally lead to death. They can also cause Urinary tract infections in humans.

How does E.coli enter your water?

Human and animal waste is the home to Escherichia coli bacteria. During rainfalls they are drained into rivers, lakes, or groundwater. The problem arises when the polluted water gets mixed with source of drinking water. Thereby affecting the health of the person who intakes the polluted water.

Health Effects caused by E Coli

E.coli mainly attacks the intestines. The main symptoms of E Coli intestinal infection are:

Symptoms are not very visible. Compared to adults, Children are more likely to develop symptoms. Symptoms start appearing 3 to 4 days after the E.coli has infected the intestines. The infections get self-treated in a week.

E Coli also causes serious problems with the kidneys and affects the blood. In this case the victim can develop symptoms like:

  • Fever
  • Pale skin
  • Drowsiness
  • Excreting small amounts of urine in regular intervals

How to know if E Coli is present in your water?

E Coli is dangerous to your health under adverse conditions. A Laboratory Test is required to ascertain the presence of the same.

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