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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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E. coli petting zoo link in Florida

E. coli petting zoo link in Florida

Children sick after zoo visit - Florida Officials investigate

Children sick after zoo visit - Florida Officials investigate

Norovirus found to cause traveler's diarrhea

Norovirus found to cause traveler's diarrhea

Research confirms how early-life events shape later physiology

Research confirms how early-life events shape later physiology

Research reveals a novel key player in the initiation of colon cancer

Research reveals a novel key player in the initiation of colon cancer

Aircraft drinking water contaminated with bacteria

Aircraft drinking water contaminated with bacteria

New filter promises clean water for millions

New filter promises clean water for millions

Gene sequencing explains why natural bioremediation 'bug' has big appetite for chlorinated pollutants

Gene sequencing explains why natural bioremediation 'bug' has big appetite for chlorinated pollutants

Genomics tools provide clues to what causes 400 million cases of gastrointestinal disease each year

Genomics tools provide clues to what causes 400 million cases of gastrointestinal disease each year

Multi-state urinary tract infections likely caused by consumption of a contaminated food product of animal origin

Multi-state urinary tract infections likely caused by consumption of a contaminated food product of animal origin

Jumping genes help explain immune system's remarkable ability

Jumping genes help explain immune system's remarkable ability

Essential oils have been found to kill the deadly MRSA bacteria

Essential oils have been found to kill the deadly MRSA bacteria

Study sheds light on how bacteria persist despite antibiotics

Study sheds light on how bacteria persist despite antibiotics

Trimming fat overcomes one of the major obstacles to drug design

Trimming fat overcomes one of the major obstacles to drug design

Researchers step closer to cure for common childhood cancer

Researchers step closer to cure for common childhood cancer

Potential vaccine for the deadly toxin ricin

Potential vaccine for the deadly toxin ricin

Oral administration of saline spray may stop spread of influenza, tuberculosis, and SARS

Oral administration of saline spray may stop spread of influenza, tuberculosis, and SARS

Nanoscale switch could serve as sensor, medical tool

Nanoscale switch could serve as sensor, medical tool

Research advances understanding of urinary tract infections

Research advances understanding of urinary tract infections

Researchers attempt to quantify processes underlying cell heterogeneity

Researchers attempt to quantify processes underlying cell heterogeneity

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