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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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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

Genetically engineered living hydrogel material facilitates intestinal wound healing

Genetically engineered living hydrogel material facilitates intestinal wound healing

Mechanical stress can interrupt bacteria’s ability to survive toxin exposure

Mechanical stress can interrupt bacteria’s ability to survive toxin exposure

Manuka honey fights infection in surgical dressings

Manuka honey fights infection in surgical dressings

New study could help prevent fatal infections in babies

New study could help prevent fatal infections in babies

New model for late-onset sepsis explores potential treatments for neonatal infection

New model for late-onset sepsis explores potential treatments for neonatal infection

Unexpected versatility of an ancient DNA repair factor revealed

Unexpected versatility of an ancient DNA repair factor revealed

New study uncovers multiple effects of little-known DNA repair protein

New study uncovers multiple effects of little-known DNA repair protein

Scientists record assembly of ribosomes in real time

Scientists record assembly of ribosomes in real time

Researchers discover new active substance effective against gram negative bacteria

Researchers discover new active substance effective against gram negative bacteria

ETVAX vaccine candidate shows promise against enterotoxigenic E. coli diarrhea

ETVAX vaccine candidate shows promise against enterotoxigenic E. coli diarrhea

Researchers decode molecular structure of cytochrome bd oxidase from E. coli

Researchers decode molecular structure of cytochrome bd oxidase from E. coli

Short-term increases in sugar consumption could raise risk of inflammatory bowel disease

Short-term increases in sugar consumption could raise risk of inflammatory bowel disease

Bacteriophages could treat E. coli without damaging the gut, new study says

Bacteriophages could treat E. coli without damaging the gut, new study says

Compound that may help delay onset of Alzheimer’s can be produced in baker’s yeast

Compound that may help delay onset of Alzheimer’s can be produced in baker’s yeast

Penn researchers tag CAR T cells with imaging markers to monitor cancer therapy

Penn researchers tag CAR T cells with imaging markers to monitor cancer therapy

Research shows how bad E. coli gain a foothold over good bacteria in IBD

Research shows how bad E. coli gain a foothold over good bacteria in IBD

Agri-Neo introduces first-ever technology to eliminate harmful pathogens in flour

Agri-Neo introduces first-ever technology to eliminate harmful pathogens in flour