• Fluid replacement essential.
  • Antibiotic therapy is not usually indicated as it only reduces diarrhoea by 1 to 2 days and can cause resistance.
  • Initiate treatment, on advice of Microbiologist, if the patient is systemically unwell.
  • Antibiotics can worsen E. coli O157 and should be avoided.
  • Please notify Public Health Doctor regarding suspected cases of food poisoning and seek advice on exclusion of patients.
  • Send stool samples in these cases.

Drug details

Last reviewed: 30 November 2018

Next review: 30 November 2020

Author(s): Antimicrobial Management Team

Approved By: TAM Subgroup of ADTC

Reviewer Name(s): Area Antimicrobial Pharmacist

Document Id: AMT117