Updated: 4/3/2021

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  • Ah, I feel disgusting everywhere! My stomach and head hurt.
  • You there, are you alright? You look sick in the stomach!
  • Thank God you're alright! And I am a qualified doctor, so everything is fine.
  • I suspect you may have E. Coli or a similar gut bacterium.
  • E. Coli is a bacterium commonly found in the guts of warm-blooded living things.
  • Most strains aren't dangerous, but live in our guts as part of our healthy bacterial flora.
  • However, a few nasty strains like the one I'm guessing you have can cause bad diarrhoea, stomach pain and vomiting.
  • E. Coli is mostly transmitted through contaminated food and water.
  • By hiding in your food, the virus bypasses your body's first line of defence, and can even survive your strong stomach acid.
  • Possibly you undercooked the meat you had last night or had some dodgy salad.
  • It then attaches itself to your small intestine and releases toxins into the intestine, causing the symptoms you are feeling.
  • Wow! Wait, so how are my intestines not falling apart and all over the floor already?
  • If this still isn't enough, lymphocyte cells that are smarter than I am generate a response that identify the bacteria as foreign from the body, and attach to the E. Coli specific antigens using antibodies.
  • That my dear, is all thanks to your amazing immune system. Once your body detects these foreign micro-organisms, Phagocytes from the bloodstream engulf and destroy the bacterial cells. This produces the fever you may be feeling