Causes of Diarrhea
Campylobacter is found mainly in animals but can also be found in humans as well. It is usually spread through fecal contaminated food or water.
Shiga-Toxin producing E. coli 0157:H7 is the cause of the bloody diarrhea. Since Escherichia is a gram-negative rod shaped bacteria that has flagella covering its surface. Unlike most E. coli, E. coli 0157:H7 does not ferment Sorbitol. The bloody diarrhea is caused by inflammation of the colon.
The activities were investigated because they were possible contaminations that could lead to either the ingestion of Campylobacter jejuni or of E. coli 0157:H7.
E. coli 0157:H7 could cause hemolytic uremic syndrome(HUS), which is characterized by blood in urine, often leading to kidney failure. HUS occurs when the kidneys are affected to the toxin produced by E. coli 0157:H7.
My first priority would to be to stop the vendors from using the contaminated water from the well. Since the well is by the barn some of the animal feces might have runoff into the water. My second priority would be to shut the well down so that no one could use it, and maybe move it to a different location or make sure that the water is chlorinated so that it is safe to use.
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