Infections

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INFORMATION FOR PREGNANT WOMEN WHO HAVE E. COLI INFECTION WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is an E. coli infection?

Escherichia coli is a species of bacteria that lives inside your large intestine. There are many different strains of E. coli and, most of them, including those in your large intestine, are harmless. However, there are a few strains of E. coli that may cause problems in humans, especially urinary tract infections (UTIs). If limited to the bladder and urethra (lower urinary tract), a UTI is painful (or a burning sensation) during urination, and produces a feeling of urgency to urinate, even when you have just urinated. If not treated while it is in the lower urinary tract, the infection can move up to the kidneys and become much more serious. Less commonly, a type of E. coli can cause a serious condition called "hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)", which happens more frequently in children but also can strike pregnant women. Also very rarely, E. coli may contaminate food and cause a kind of food poisoning that can affect anybody, including pregnant women.


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