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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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Rational use of antibiotics can help fight bacterial infections

Rational use of antibiotics can help fight bacterial infections

Study: Campylobacter infection is associated with child stunting

Study: Campylobacter infection is associated with child stunting

WHO's new data reveals high levels of antibiotic resistance worldwide

WHO's new data reveals high levels of antibiotic resistance worldwide

Diet and gut microbiome affect outcomes of chemotherapy

Diet and gut microbiome affect outcomes of chemotherapy

Bacteria that live in soil and on people have extensive antibiotic-destroying genes

Bacteria that live in soil and on people have extensive antibiotic-destroying genes

Journal publication supports Synlogic’s first clinical immuno-oncology program, SYNB1891

Journal publication supports Synlogic’s first clinical immuno-oncology program, SYNB1891

New genetic engineering technique sets the stage for advances in medicine and beyond

New genetic engineering technique sets the stage for advances in medicine and beyond

Ferritin heavy chain protein shows promise as a potential SARS-CoV-2 vaccine or antiviral

Ferritin heavy chain protein shows promise as a potential SARS-CoV-2 vaccine or antiviral

USF scientists to establish novel technology that sterilize N95 respiratory masks

USF scientists to establish novel technology that sterilize N95 respiratory masks

Research demonstrates self-synthesis and assembly of 30S subunit of ribosome

Research demonstrates self-synthesis and assembly of 30S subunit of ribosome

New biodegradable food packaging prolongs food shelf life

New biodegradable food packaging prolongs food shelf life

Study: Diarrhea-causing bacteria provoke host's response to increase infectivity

Study: Diarrhea-causing bacteria provoke host's response to increase infectivity

Study shows how diarrhea-causing bug finds its way through the human gut

Study shows how diarrhea-causing bug finds its way through the human gut

Lab Automation for Biome Research

Lab Automation for Biome Research

10,000 liters of NaOClean Asia's disinfectant solution to be donated to nursing homes, churches

10,000 liters of NaOClean Asia's disinfectant solution to be donated to nursing homes, churches

Research reinforces the idea of embracing nonantibiotic approaches to treat bacterial infections

Research reinforces the idea of embracing nonantibiotic approaches to treat bacterial infections

Antibiotic Resistance: The Patient Perspective

Antibiotic Resistance: The Patient Perspective

Recombinant proteins for COVID-19 research

Recombinant proteins for COVID-19 research

SARS-CoV-2 receptor ‘mimic' could prevent COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2 receptor ‘mimic' could prevent COVID-19

Discovery heralds a new strategy in the hunt for antibiotics

Discovery heralds a new strategy in the hunt for antibiotics