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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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The language of metabolites can be decoded with new genome technology

The language of metabolites can be decoded with new genome technology

Genetic oscillator captures changes in gut microbiome growth patterns

Genetic oscillator captures changes in gut microbiome growth patterns

Army scientists develop new weapon to combat super-bugs

Army scientists develop new weapon to combat super-bugs

Video images offer real-time view into the kinetics of viral assembly

Video images offer real-time view into the kinetics of viral assembly

Phage engineering gives antibacterial therapy a new lease of life

Phage engineering gives antibacterial therapy a new lease of life

Researchers deploy bacteriophages to fight against antibiotic resistance

Researchers deploy bacteriophages to fight against antibiotic resistance

Toxin may play key role in promoting transmission of deadly E. coli strains in cattle

Toxin may play key role in promoting transmission of deadly E. coli strains in cattle

UMD CONSERVE Center is spearheading effort to achieve water and food security

UMD CONSERVE Center is spearheading effort to achieve water and food security

Russian researchers come up with faster method to discover antibiotics

Russian researchers come up with faster method to discover antibiotics

Mechanisms behind antibiotic resistance captured on video for the first time

Mechanisms behind antibiotic resistance captured on video for the first time

Scientists identify cause of antibiotic resistance

Scientists identify cause of antibiotic resistance

AMSBIO launches new ELISA Host Cell Protein detection kits

AMSBIO launches new ELISA Host Cell Protein detection kits

CRISPR discovery opens up new possibilities for genetic engineering

CRISPR discovery opens up new possibilities for genetic engineering

Contaminated tap water linked to more than 100,000 cancer cases in the US

Contaminated tap water linked to more than 100,000 cancer cases in the US

Antibiotic resistance is transferring from humans to animals

Antibiotic resistance is transferring from humans to animals

Antibiotic resistance in dolphins mirrors disturbing trend in humans

Antibiotic resistance in dolphins mirrors disturbing trend in humans

Scientists to study how cellular circuits recycle proteins

Scientists to study how cellular circuits recycle proteins

Multidrug-resistant bacteria may have been around longer than thought

Multidrug-resistant bacteria may have been around longer than thought

New technique for autonomous coordination of cell subpopulations

New technique for autonomous coordination of cell subpopulations

ICU bloodstream infections have reduced by 80%, research shows

ICU bloodstream infections have reduced by 80%, research shows