More information about E. coli will hopefully help you prevent spreading the bacteria.
This is one of the most diverse groups of bacteria. There are different serotypes, which means people have a different levels of severity depending on the strain. For example, the E. coli 0157:H7 serotype may cause Hemolytic Uremia Syndrome. That can lead to organ damage and even result in death.
People with E. coli can be sick for five to ten days. However, severe cases can cause diarrhea with bloody stools. If you notice that, seek medical help immediately. Severe stomach pain and vomiting may also be present during infection. Not only do you have to cook ground beef thoroughly to prevent E. coli, but wash and cook certain veggies, like lettuce, sprouts, and spinach. Don’t consume unpasteurized dairy or juices, either.