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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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Mysterious lung disease linked to vaping spreads across 14 US states

Mysterious lung disease linked to vaping spreads across 14 US states

UVA scientists reveal how E. coli knows to cause the worst possible infections

UVA scientists reveal how E. coli knows to cause the worst possible infections

Research shows how E. coli knows where and when to begin colonizing the colon

Research shows how E. coli knows where and when to begin colonizing the colon

Removal of a critical enzyme may help cases of sepsis finds research

Removal of a critical enzyme may help cases of sepsis finds research

Removing single enzyme improves outcomes in mouse model of sepsis

Removing single enzyme improves outcomes in mouse model of sepsis

Resistance to two critical antibiotics widely distributed in Southeast Asia

Resistance to two critical antibiotics widely distributed in Southeast Asia

New technique finds medically and ecologically relevant bacteria groups

New technique finds medically and ecologically relevant bacteria groups

Whole genome sequencing could give officials a powerful weapon to track disease outbreaks

Whole genome sequencing could give officials a powerful weapon to track disease outbreaks

Genetically tweaking gut bacteria reduces risk of colorectal cancer in mice finds study

Genetically tweaking gut bacteria reduces risk of colorectal cancer in mice finds study

Many healthy women carry drug-resistant E. coli strains in their guts

Many healthy women carry drug-resistant E. coli strains in their guts

E. coli superbug can live in women’s gut without symptoms

E. coli superbug can live in women’s gut without symptoms

Getting rid of chronic infections by waking up sleeping bacteria

Getting rid of chronic infections by waking up sleeping bacteria

Scientists discover hundreds of protein-pairs through coevolution study

Scientists discover hundreds of protein-pairs through coevolution study

LexaGene’s beta prototype achieves 98.2% consistency with reference lab data

LexaGene’s beta prototype achieves 98.2% consistency with reference lab data

Australian seagulls carry superbugs

Australian seagulls carry superbugs

Non-pathogenic bacteria engineered as Trojan Horse to treat tumors from within

Non-pathogenic bacteria engineered as Trojan Horse to treat tumors from within

Researchers investigate cancer resistance of the naked mole-rat

Researchers investigate cancer resistance of the naked mole-rat

Rutgers-led study sheds light on the origins of metabolism

Rutgers-led study sheds light on the origins of metabolism

Swimming pools could be breeding grounds for diarrhea-causing germs

Swimming pools could be breeding grounds for diarrhea-causing germs

Antibiotic susceptibility pattern of Enterobacteriaceae found in Ghana

Antibiotic susceptibility pattern of Enterobacteriaceae found in Ghana