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E. 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. Symptoms of infection include

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Results 1 - 6 of 6 for "e." coli 0157
  1. E. Coli Infections (National Library of Medicine)  
    E. 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 ...
  2. Basic Information about E. Coli 0157:H7 in Drinking Water (Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water)  
    Total Coliforms at a Glance Maximum Contaminant Level MCL = 5.0% 1 Maximum Contaminant Level Goal MCLG = 0 ppm Health Effects Not a health threat in itself; it ...
  3. Drinking Water (National Library of Medicine)  
    We all need to drink water. How much you need depends on your size, activity level, and the weather where you live. The water you drink is a combination ...
  4. Diarrheal Diseases - Acute and Chronic (American College of Gastroenterology)  
    ... syndrome in cases of Shiga-toxin E. coli ( E. coli 0157:H7). Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if you ...
  5. Stool Culture (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)  
    ... complications such as arthritis and Guillain-Barré syndrome . Escherichia coli 0157:H7 and other toxin-producing E. coli (most strains of E. coli are considered normal ...
  6. Campylobacteriosis From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)  
    ... sequences for Salmonella typhi , S. typhimurium , C. jejuni , and Escherichia coli 0157:H7. Sequencing studies are under way for Shigella , Yersinia , as well as other harmful strains of E. coli . Scientists hope this new information will speed the ...