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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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New strategy for efficient production of fatty acids and biofuels from glucose

New strategy for efficient production of fatty acids and biofuels from glucose

Research highlights potential targets to help fight Crohn's disease

Research highlights potential targets to help fight Crohn's disease

Wearable sensors show how antibiotic-resistant bacteria spread through hospital wards

Wearable sensors show how antibiotic-resistant bacteria spread through hospital wards

Human contact responsible for spread of hospital infections

Human contact responsible for spread of hospital infections

Researchers find salmonella resistant to antibiotics of last resort in the U.S.

Researchers find salmonella resistant to antibiotics of last resort in the U.S.

Researchers challenge prior theories about how materials travel within E.coli cell

Researchers challenge prior theories about how materials travel within E.coli cell

New technology harnesses bacterial jumping genes for precise DNA integration

New technology harnesses bacterial jumping genes for precise DNA integration

Ultra-fast new technology to detect bacteria

Ultra-fast new technology to detect bacteria

Climate change adversely affects human health, says new report

Climate change adversely affects human health, says new report

Human contact plays major role in the spread of some hospital-acquired infections

Human contact plays major role in the spread of some hospital-acquired infections

Scientists discover new compound that visualizes and kills antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Scientists discover new compound that visualizes and kills antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Researchers discover new function of ribosomes in human cells

Researchers discover new function of ribosomes in human cells

Tips for staying safe in water during summer

Tips for staying safe in water during summer

LM20 Microfluidizer efficiently disrupts a broad range of cell types

LM20 Microfluidizer efficiently disrupts a broad range of cell types

Scientists create bacteria with man-made DNA

Scientists create bacteria with man-made DNA

Researchers unravel mechanistic origin of cell-size control

Researchers unravel mechanistic origin of cell-size control

Study provides better understanding of bacteria’s role in recurrent UTIs

Study provides better understanding of bacteria’s role in recurrent UTIs

UT Southwestern study suggests why UTIs have high recurrence rate in postmenopausal women

UT Southwestern study suggests why UTIs have high recurrence rate in postmenopausal women

New machine-learning approach discovers mechanism that helps antibiotics kill bacteria

New machine-learning approach discovers mechanism that helps antibiotics kill bacteria

Bacteria use hopping motion to move among tight spots, Princeton study shows

Bacteria use hopping motion to move among tight spots, Princeton study shows