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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.

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Researchers examine the role of Shiga toxin in the immune system

Researchers examine the role of Shiga toxin in the immune system

Researchers identify new weapon to battle the rising tide of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Researchers identify new weapon to battle the rising tide of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Research shows how colanic acid extends lifespan in C. elegans

Research shows how colanic acid extends lifespan in C. elegans

Study evaluates food safety practices to reduce risk of foodborne illnesses

Study evaluates food safety practices to reduce risk of foodborne illnesses

New model shows how bacteria behave in multiple scenarios with common spatial patterns

New model shows how bacteria behave in multiple scenarios with common spatial patterns

Toxin produced by E. coli bacteria also has nondiarrheal effects on the digestive tract

Toxin produced by E. coli bacteria also has nondiarrheal effects on the digestive tract

Using magnetic bacteria to control liquids at the micro level

Using magnetic bacteria to control liquids at the micro level

Potential SARS-CoV-2 Mpro inhibitors identified by in silico screening

Potential SARS-CoV-2 Mpro inhibitors identified by in silico screening

Clinical metagenomics, a faster approach to identify secondary infections in hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Clinical metagenomics, a faster approach to identify secondary infections in hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Designed proteins assemble antibodies into modular nanocages

Designed proteins assemble antibodies into modular nanocages

New device provides rapid results about antibiotic-resistant bacteria

New device provides rapid results about antibiotic-resistant bacteria

New zinc oxide surface kills airborne viruses and bacteria

New zinc oxide surface kills airborne viruses and bacteria

Antimalarials could disrupt SARS-CoV-2’s Nsp1 translation termination

Antimalarials could disrupt SARS-CoV-2’s Nsp1 translation termination

Study reveals new therapeutic approach for superbug infections

Study reveals new therapeutic approach for superbug infections

Stanford researchers create a highly automated device that can detect COVID-19 in 30 minutes

Stanford researchers create a highly automated device that can detect COVID-19 in 30 minutes

Study finds new clues for disarming antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Study finds new clues for disarming antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Scientists investigate pathogen transmission and awareness of common wildlife-associated zoonoses

Scientists investigate pathogen transmission and awareness of common wildlife-associated zoonoses

New DNA-cutting tool could advance gene editing for novel treatments

New DNA-cutting tool could advance gene editing for novel treatments

Scientists engineer powerful novel anti-microbial molecules from wasp venom

Scientists engineer powerful novel anti-microbial molecules from wasp venom

Powerful antimicrobial molecules engineered from toxic proteins in wasp venom

Powerful antimicrobial molecules engineered from toxic proteins in wasp venom