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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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Bandages sense infections, change color, treat infection

The challenge of new antibiotic discovery

The challenge of new antibiotic discovery

Taming pathogens with mucus and phages

Taming pathogens with mucus and phages

Novel composite could help to reduce foodborne illness outbreaks

Novel composite could help to reduce foodborne illness outbreaks

Probiotic drink could offer novel way to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Probiotic drink could offer novel way to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

A controlled phage therapy to target drug-resistant pathogens

A controlled phage therapy to target drug-resistant pathogens

Researchers discover how a new immune system works to protect bacteria from phages

Researchers discover how a new immune system works to protect bacteria from phages

UMSOM research shows even milder cases of diarrheal diseases can lead to child mortality

UMSOM research shows even milder cases of diarrheal diseases can lead to child mortality

Maternal microbiota is a source of newborn immunity, shows study

Maternal microbiota is a source of newborn immunity, shows study

New test could help medics to quickly diagnose urinary tract infections

New test could help medics to quickly diagnose urinary tract infections

Fecal bacteria in California’s waterways increases with homeless crisis

Fecal bacteria in California’s waterways increases with homeless crisis

Researchers develop new way to fight late-stage sepsis

Researchers develop new way to fight late-stage sepsis

UAB nurse practitioner reveals how to stay fit while avoiding the dirtiest places at the gym

UAB nurse practitioner reveals how to stay fit while avoiding the dirtiest places at the gym

Studying Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease using Pre-Formed Fibrils

Studying Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease using Pre-Formed Fibrils

Plant-rich diet protects against foodborne pathogens, mice study shows

Plant-rich diet protects against foodborne pathogens, mice study shows

E.coli infections linked to chopped salad kits, CDC warns

E.coli infections linked to chopped salad kits, CDC warns

Tackling antibiotic resistance head-on with CRISPR

Tackling antibiotic resistance head-on with CRISPR

Salmonella causes nearly one in three foodborne outbreaks in the EU

Salmonella causes nearly one in three foodborne outbreaks in the EU

New method reveals how microbial communities function in our bodies

New method reveals how microbial communities function in our bodies

New system enables real-time observations of individual cells in the colon

New system enables real-time observations of individual cells in the colon