Community Health: Escherichia coli (E.coli) Infections
The purpose of this course is to describe the transmission, symptoms, and treatment for intestinal Escherichia coli (E. coli) infections, focusing on serotypes O157:H7, O111, and O26, which are the most common causes of enterohemorrhagic diarrhea outbreaks in the United States, and other diarrheogenic strains related to travelers’ diarrhea as well as food safety issues.

Course Publication Date: May 17, 2017

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Author:Wanda Lockwood RN, BA, MA
Course No:CHE040617
Contact Hours:3.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Community & Home Health
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues
Pediatric Medicine

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Learning Objectives
  • Describe characteristics and transmission of E. coli.
  • List 5 classes of E. coli that cause human intestinal disorders.
  • List the symptoms of E. coli O157: H7 and similar infections.
  • Discuss emerging hemorrhagic serotypes.
  • List the 3 disorders related to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
  • List 2 different categories of HUS.
  • List and discuss primary symptoms of HUS.
  • Discuss guidelines to prevent E. coli infection in the U.S.
  • List and discuss the two types of toxins commonly found in diarrheogenic E. coli.
  • Explain what is meant by travelers’ diarrhea and discuss causes.
  • Discuss enteroinvasive E. coli and enterotoxigenic E. coli.
  • Explain the identifying characteristic of Enteroaggregative E. coli.
  • Explain the reason that enteropathogenic E. coli is called infantile diarrhea and discuss transmission.
  • List and discuss 4 treatment options for travelers’ diarrhea.
  • List and discuss guidelines to prevent E. coli infections for travelers in developing countries.
  • Discuss issues related to meat safety.
  • Explain FDA regulations regarding irradiation of food.


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