E. coli

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E. coli, short for Escherichia coli, is a bacteria that lives in the intestines of people and animals. "Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea."[1] However, a few particularly virulent strains, most notably E. coli O157:H7 and E. coli O104:H4 can cause a life-threatening kidney condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). For more information, see the articles on these two strains of E. coli.

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  1. E. coli, Mayo Clinic, Accessed June 19, 2011.

External Resources

  • E. coli, Centers for Disease Control

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