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E. coli or Escherichia coli is the name of a type of bacteria that lives in your intestines. Most types of E. coli are harmless. However, some types can make you sick and cause diarrhea. One type causes travelers' diarrhea. The worst type of E. coli causes bloody diarrhea, and can sometimes cause kidney failure and even death. These problems are most likely to occur in children and in adults with weak immune systems. You can get E. coli infections by eating foods containing the bacteria. To help avoid food poisoning and prevent infection, handle food safely. Cook meat well, wash fruits and vegetables before eating or cooking them, and avoid unpasteurized milk and juices. You can also get the infection by swallowing water in a swimming pool contaminated with human waste. Most cases of E. coli infection get better without treatment in 5 to 10 days.
Microscopic fungus exacerbates Crohn's disease symptoms, mice study shows

Microscopic fungus exacerbates Crohn's disease symptoms, mice study shows

Researchers examine formation of functional amyloids by bacteria in real time

Researchers examine formation of functional amyloids by bacteria in real time

Synergistic drug pairing: New approach to combat MDR bacterial infections

Synergistic drug pairing: New approach to combat MDR bacterial infections

Study finds that molecular decoy can target and reduce UTI-causing bacteria in the gut

Study finds that molecular decoy can target and reduce UTI-causing bacteria in the gut

Cornell researchers unravel E. coli bacteria's defense secret

Cornell researchers unravel E. coli bacteria's defense secret

New biosensor technology could be used in wearable devices to monitor health

New biosensor technology could be used in wearable devices to monitor health

Griffith scientists discover new and improved tool to detect cancer

Griffith scientists discover new and improved tool to detect cancer

Bacterial cell factories produce enzymes that can be used as active ingredients in drugs

Bacterial cell factories produce enzymes that can be used as active ingredients in drugs

MGH scientists show how Shigella survives journey from mouth to the colon

MGH scientists show how Shigella survives journey from mouth to the colon

Molecule discovered in worm spit could offer solution for non-healing wounds

Molecule discovered in worm spit could offer solution for non-healing wounds

Research networks focus on investigating spread of antimicrobial resistance in humans, animals

Research networks focus on investigating spread of antimicrobial resistance in humans, animals

Most Philadelphia home kitchens contain at least one foodborne pathogen, study finds

Most Philadelphia home kitchens contain at least one foodborne pathogen, study finds

Study sets stage for potential stool-based test to detect advanced liver fibrosis

Study sets stage for potential stool-based test to detect advanced liver fibrosis

Bacteria can mutate at different speeds to survive under difficult circumstances, study shows

Bacteria can mutate at different speeds to survive under difficult circumstances, study shows

Researchers invent promising paper-based technology to kill bacteria and sanitize surfaces

Researchers invent promising paper-based technology to kill bacteria and sanitize surfaces

Researchers develop antibacterial wound dressing made from shells of crustaceans

Researchers develop antibacterial wound dressing made from shells of crustaceans

Study finds significant presence of multidrug-resistant bacteria among nursing home residents

Study finds significant presence of multidrug-resistant bacteria among nursing home residents

Study shows how gut microbiota may play role in effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs

Study shows how gut microbiota may play role in effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in patients’ urine or stools linked to increased risk of drug-resistant sepsis

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in patients’ urine or stools linked to increased risk of drug-resistant sepsis

Mice study yields important clues about protective role of Clostridia strains

Mice study yields important clues about protective role of Clostridia strains