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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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Signs of liver disease also improve in conjunction with alterations to gut flora

Signs of liver disease also improve in conjunction with alterations to gut flora

Protein in the male reproductive tract is a potent anti-bacterial agent

Protein in the male reproductive tract is a potent anti-bacterial agent

Scientists have unraveled the behavior of one key component of bacteria

Scientists have unraveled the behavior of one key component of bacteria

Pennsylvania's restaurants, stadiums, bars and supermarkets are adjusting to revised food safety requirements

Pennsylvania's restaurants, stadiums, bars and supermarkets are adjusting to revised food safety requirements

Genetically engineered bugs to fight cancer

Genetically engineered bugs to fight cancer

Poultry litter harbors agents that generate antibiotic multi-resistance

Poultry litter harbors agents that generate antibiotic multi-resistance

76 million people get sick in US, 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die from foodborne illness

76 million people get sick in US, 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die from foodborne illness

Scientists will debate E.coli and the adaption by micro-organisms to modern day drugs

Scientists will debate E.coli and the adaption by micro-organisms to modern day drugs

New process to extract proteins from membranes by using chemicals

New process to extract proteins from membranes by using chemicals

Analysis of Bacterial Genomes Begins to Unravel Complex Story of Metabolic Evolution

Analysis of Bacterial Genomes Begins to Unravel Complex Story of Metabolic Evolution

Scientists have discovered that a non-genetic molecular process can effect cell behaviour

Scientists have discovered that a non-genetic molecular process can effect cell behaviour

Scientists seek cause for what makes good cell go bad

Scientists seek cause for what makes good cell go bad

Novel uses for bacterial cellulose, artificial blood vessels, bioengineered wound dressing

Novel uses for bacterial cellulose, artificial blood vessels, bioengineered wound dressing

New drug to treat urinary tract infections, a step closer

New drug to treat urinary tract infections, a step closer