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." 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.
Resources and articles
Related Sourcewatch articles
- E. coli, Mayo Clinic, Accessed June 19, 2011.
- E. coli, Centers for Disease Control
- David Gumpert, "Don’t ban raw milk because of the E. coli outbreak," Grist, June, 2011.