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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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Scientists achieve breakthrough in accelerated diagnosis of multi-resistant hospital pathogens

Scientists achieve breakthrough in accelerated diagnosis of multi-resistant hospital pathogens

Purifying Proteins from Mammalian Cell Culture

Purifying Proteins from Mammalian Cell Culture

Researchers describe mechanism that sets stage for fate decision of T cells

Researchers describe mechanism that sets stage for fate decision of T cells

Molecular switches are far more complex than previously assumed

Molecular switches are far more complex than previously assumed

New paper reports conserved collateral susceptibility to antibiotics in E. coli

New paper reports conserved collateral susceptibility to antibiotics in E. coli

Gene editing could prevent the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria

Gene editing could prevent the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria

UCLA biologists find 8,000 new antibiotic combinations to be effective

UCLA biologists find 8,000 new antibiotic combinations to be effective

Genetic disruption strategy effectively stymies evolution of drug-resistant pathogens

Genetic disruption strategy effectively stymies evolution of drug-resistant pathogens

A genetic signal-transmission system for the gut microbiome

A genetic signal-transmission system for the gut microbiome

Fluorescent protein sensor detects changes in cellular oxygen levels with very high sensitivity

Fluorescent protein sensor detects changes in cellular oxygen levels with very high sensitivity

Protein aggregates may play protection role against toxic stresses

Protein aggregates may play protection role against toxic stresses

E. coli strain in poultry shown to cause bladder infections

E. coli strain in poultry shown to cause bladder infections

E. coli strain found in poultry products may cause bladder infections in people

E. coli strain found in poultry products may cause bladder infections in people

Texas man bitten by shark being treated for flesh-eating bacteria infection

Texas man bitten by shark being treated for flesh-eating bacteria infection

Research uncovers unexpected upside of E. coli

Research uncovers unexpected upside of E. coli

Scientists discover peptides that can be used as new antibiotic candidates

Scientists discover peptides that can be used as new antibiotic candidates

Researchers develop new way of testing bacterial resistance to antibiotics

Researchers develop new way of testing bacterial resistance to antibiotics

Placenta barrier-on-a-chip could help explain why babies are born prematurely

Placenta barrier-on-a-chip could help explain why babies are born prematurely

New 'lab on a chip' holds potential to detect very small quantities of disease-causing bacteria

New 'lab on a chip' holds potential to detect very small quantities of disease-causing bacteria

New vaccine could protect unborn babies from Zika virus

New vaccine could protect unborn babies from Zika virus