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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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Cells direct membrane traffic by channel width

Finding foodborne illness outbreaks sooner, faster

Finding foodborne illness outbreaks sooner, faster

Use of antibiotics increases risk of developing antibiotic resistance

Use of antibiotics increases risk of developing antibiotic resistance

Rapid new technique for detecting group A streptococcus

Rapid new technique for detecting group A streptococcus

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Lipid helps cell wall protein fold into proper shape

Health warnings issued at festival

Health warnings issued at festival

Textiles with permanent antibacterial properties

Textiles with permanent antibacterial properties

New antibiotic approved by FDA will fight bacterial infections in hospitals

New antibiotic approved by FDA will fight bacterial infections in hospitals

New technology developed at Cornell University could make it just as easy to identify genes

New technology developed at Cornell University could make it just as easy to identify genes

Researchers resurrect old technology to quickly and accurately identify deadly bacterial infections in hospital patients

Researchers resurrect old technology to quickly and accurately identify deadly bacterial infections in hospital patients

Scientists create digital bacteria to advance biomedical research

Scientists create digital bacteria to advance biomedical research

Research explains why Shigella and E. coli are rapidly becoming resistant to fluoroquinolones

Research explains why Shigella and E. coli are rapidly becoming resistant to fluoroquinolones

The bacteria that cause food poisoning, bubonic plague, and whooping cough all deploy the same weapon to infect the body

The bacteria that cause food poisoning, bubonic plague, and whooping cough all deploy the same weapon to infect the body

Rifaximin is effective in preventing attacks of diarrhea

Rifaximin is effective in preventing attacks of diarrhea

As science gets wiser, so do the bugs

As science gets wiser, so do the bugs

E. coli poses significant public health threat to seniors in the U.S.

E. coli poses significant public health threat to seniors in the U.S.

Ontario issues warning against unpasteurized milk

Ontario issues warning against unpasteurized milk

Findings will stir new research in bacterial evolution

Findings will stir new research in bacterial evolution

E. coli cases in Florida has now risen to 24

E. coli cases in Florida has now risen to 24

How E.Coli became deadly to humans

How E.Coli became deadly to humans

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