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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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Researchers develop chemically modified phage capsid that “stifles” influenza viruses

Researchers develop chemically modified phage capsid that “stifles” influenza viruses

Study shows the importance of proper cleaning to protect animal and human health

Study shows the importance of proper cleaning to protect animal and human health

Tiny device can rapidly detect harmful bacteria in blood

Tiny device can rapidly detect harmful bacteria in blood

New method will enable production of tailor-made vaccines

New method will enable production of tailor-made vaccines

Aging and competition for nutrients determine changes in gut bacteria

Aging and competition for nutrients determine changes in gut bacteria

Researchers find previously unknown response within gut microbiome

Researchers find previously unknown response within gut microbiome

New bacteria-killing light-activated coating

New bacteria-killing light-activated coating

Coronavirus and currency notes – the connection

Coronavirus and currency notes – the connection

SFU researchers help discover potential new drug to kill superbugs

SFU researchers help discover potential new drug to kill superbugs

Cancer chemical from common gut microbe

Cancer chemical from common gut microbe

Increased numbers of bacterial cells could be associated with anti-microbial resistance

Increased numbers of bacterial cells could be associated with anti-microbial resistance

Researchers uncover hidden antibiotic potential of cannabis compound

Researchers uncover hidden antibiotic potential of cannabis compound

New infection test enables point of care diagnosis

New infection test enables point of care diagnosis

Artificial Intelligence brings a novel antibiotic compound

Artificial Intelligence brings a novel antibiotic compound

New laser-driven technology to detect toxins and pathogenic E. coli in food samples

New laser-driven technology to detect toxins and pathogenic E. coli in food samples

New germ-killing fabric could help stop the spread of communicable diseases

New germ-killing fabric could help stop the spread of communicable diseases

Portable device paves way for better detection of foodborne illness

Portable device paves way for better detection of foodborne illness

Making it all work: brain-dependent immune activation in embryos

Making it all work: brain-dependent immune activation in embryos

UH professor examines life cycle of drug-resistant persister cells in recurrent infections

UH professor examines life cycle of drug-resistant persister cells in recurrent infections

Going vegan lowers risk of urinary tract infection

Going vegan lowers risk of urinary tract infection