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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.
Food additives prove to be efficient at controlling bacteria on tomatoes preharvest

Food additives prove to be efficient at controlling bacteria on tomatoes preharvest

Study shows heather plant is a valuable source of antioxidants

Study shows heather plant is a valuable source of antioxidants

Ultra-low voltage electricity effectively damages and kills bacteria

Ultra-low voltage electricity effectively damages and kills bacteria

Using genetic engineering to study evolutionary assimilation of foreign DNA in a new host

Using genetic engineering to study evolutionary assimilation of foreign DNA in a new host

Synthetic peptide makes multidrug-resistant bacteria sensitive to antibiotics

Synthetic peptide makes multidrug-resistant bacteria sensitive to antibiotics

New technology can speed up drug development for tuberculosis

New technology can speed up drug development for tuberculosis

Edible coating made with green tea extract kills microbes

Edible coating made with green tea extract kills microbes

Durable coating for hard surfaces could help eliminate foodborne germs

Durable coating for hard surfaces could help eliminate foodborne germs

Wild strains of salmonella find a backdoor entry into plants

Wild strains of salmonella find a backdoor entry into plants

Antibiotic resistance genes persist in E. coli through 'genetic capitalism', study shows

Antibiotic resistance genes persist in E. coli through 'genetic capitalism', study shows

Scientists pinpoint mutations that makes bacteria deadlier

Scientists pinpoint mutations that makes bacteria deadlier

Specific gut bacteria can affect cholesterol levels in humans

Specific gut bacteria can affect cholesterol levels in humans

A new rapid-prototyping system to accelerate the design of biological systems

A new rapid-prototyping system to accelerate the design of biological systems

Improved RACE-Seq technique helps sequence individual cells

Improved RACE-Seq technique helps sequence individual cells

A synthetic microbial system can determine location of origin for objects

A synthetic microbial system can determine location of origin for objects

Bacteria that live in soil and on people have widespread antibiotic-destroying genes

Bacteria that live in soil and on people have widespread antibiotic-destroying genes

Study reveals a new method for efficient production of proteins

Study reveals a new method for efficient production of proteins

Genetic 'memory' of ancestral homelands helps organisms adapt to environmental change

Genetic 'memory' of ancestral homelands helps organisms adapt to environmental change

Bacteria’s drug resistance is not affected by genetic tradeoffs

Bacteria’s drug resistance is not affected by genetic tradeoffs

Researchers use CRISPR technology to control many genes simultaneously

Researchers use CRISPR technology to control many genes simultaneously

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