CDC: E. Coli O157:H7   [open html - 27KB]

Alternate Title: CDC: Escherichia Coli

This webpage is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The webpage provides information and resources on E. Coli. Sections of the webpage include: "E. coli Outbreaks"; "Report a Foodborne Illness"; "General Information"; and "Resources & Publications". "'Escherichia coli (E. coli)' bacteria normally live in the intestines of people and animals. Most 'E. coli' are harmless and actually are an important part of a healthy human intestinal tract. However, some 'E. coli' are pathogenic, meaning they can cause illness, either diarrhea or illness outside of the intestinal tract. The types of E. coli that can cause diarrhea can be transmitted through contaminated water or food, or through contact with animals or persons. E. coli consists of a diverse group of bacteria. Pathogenic 'E. coli' strains are categorized into pathotypes. Six pathotypes are associated with diarrhea and collectively are referred to as diarrheagenic 'E. coli'."

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