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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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Bacteria use viruses for self-recognition, study reveals

Bacteria use viruses for self-recognition, study reveals

Innate immune sensor responding to gut microbes can suppress liver cancer

Innate immune sensor responding to gut microbes can suppress liver cancer

Researchers discover new broad-spectrum antibiotic that contains arsenic

Researchers discover new broad-spectrum antibiotic that contains arsenic

Petting zoos can create a diverse reservoir of multidrug resistant bacteria

Petting zoos can create a diverse reservoir of multidrug resistant bacteria

How to fight ‘scary’ superbugs? Cooperation — and a special soap

How to fight ‘scary’ superbugs? Cooperation — and a special soap

Multistate E. coli outbreak says CDC

Multistate E. coli outbreak says CDC

Could garlic oil represent an alternative to antibiotics in the food industry?

Could garlic oil represent an alternative to antibiotics in the food industry?

New indicator-based model to assess spread of fecal bacteria in streams

New indicator-based model to assess spread of fecal bacteria in streams

Researchers synthesize new polysulfide donor that has high anti-inflammatory effect

Researchers synthesize new polysulfide donor that has high anti-inflammatory effect

Patent-pending probiotic could help patients with gastrointestinal diseases avoid harmful biofilms

Patent-pending probiotic could help patients with gastrointestinal diseases avoid harmful biofilms

Study reveals new strategy to combat antibiotic resistance

Study reveals new strategy to combat antibiotic resistance

Smartphone test detects unsafe arsenic levels in water

Smartphone test detects unsafe arsenic levels in water

Research helps develop new medicines with antibacterial properties

Research helps develop new medicines with antibacterial properties

Researchers look for new ways to skirt impressive Gram-negative defense system

Researchers look for new ways to skirt impressive Gram-negative defense system

UIC scientists identify hidden proteins in bacteria

UIC scientists identify hidden proteins in bacteria

Human microbiome metabolites enhance colon injury by enterohemorrhagic E. coli, study shows

Human microbiome metabolites enhance colon injury by enterohemorrhagic E. coli, study shows

Rice University bioscientists reveal danger of vitamin B12 deficiency

Rice University bioscientists reveal danger of vitamin B12 deficiency

Zinc could help develop new non-antibiotic treatment for bacterial diseases

Zinc could help develop new non-antibiotic treatment for bacterial diseases

Bacteria-killing glass offers hope to combat deadliest hospital infections

Bacteria-killing glass offers hope to combat deadliest hospital infections

Isolating Bacterial Pathogen DNA from Food Samples

Isolating Bacterial Pathogen DNA from Food Samples