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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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Research reveals bacteria's dynamic defense duo against phage viruses

Research reveals bacteria's dynamic defense duo against phage viruses

Mutation in E. coli bacteria linked to severe disease

Mutation in E. coli bacteria linked to severe disease

Missing gut microbes after antibiotics and a high-fat diet may be to blame for sugar-free candy and gum giving you gas

Missing gut microbes after antibiotics and a high-fat diet may be to blame for sugar-free candy and gum giving you gas

Nanofiber-coated cotton bandages fight infection and help wounds to heal more quickly

Nanofiber-coated cotton bandages fight infection and help wounds to heal more quickly

How foodborne illness outbreaks can cripple restaurant stocks

How foodborne illness outbreaks can cripple restaurant stocks

Exercise shapes our gut health, study finds

Exercise shapes our gut health, study finds

Scientists identify highly infectious, antibiotic-resistant E. coli strain in China

Scientists identify highly infectious, antibiotic-resistant E. coli strain in China

Immune protein Ku70 key in fighting bowel cancer

Immune protein Ku70 key in fighting bowel cancer

Immune component of breast milk shapes the gut environment of infant mice

Immune component of breast milk shapes the gut environment of infant mice

Microgravity may make space veggies more prone to bacteria

Microgravity may make space veggies more prone to bacteria

Study explores intratumoral microbiota as a novel frontier in cancer research

Study explores intratumoral microbiota as a novel frontier in cancer research

Researchers uncover role of persister cells in antibiotic resistance

Researchers uncover role of persister cells in antibiotic resistance

Superbug spread is not just about antibiotics, new study shows

Superbug spread is not just about antibiotics, new study shows

Sesame protein-derived peptides show promise in fighting E. coli and S. aureus

Sesame protein-derived peptides show promise in fighting E. coli and S. aureus

Gut enzyme discovery sheds light on bilirubin balance in humans

Gut enzyme discovery sheds light on bilirubin balance in humans

Study: High-fat diets impact genes in the intestines, brain, and immune system

Study: High-fat diets impact genes in the intestines, brain, and immune system

Scientists take a major step towards realizing synthetic CO2 fixing pathways in living cells

Scientists take a major step towards realizing synthetic CO2 fixing pathways in living cells

New family of polymers can kill bacteria without inducing antibiotic resistance

New family of polymers can kill bacteria without inducing antibiotic resistance

How fasting makes the brain and gut work together for weight loss

How fasting makes the brain and gut work together for weight loss

Transgenic carrots producing nisin protein show promise as natural food preservatives

Transgenic carrots producing nisin protein show promise as natural food preservatives