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    E. Coli

    E. Coli

    E. coli is a type of bacteria that lives in the digestive tracts of humans and animals. There are many types of E. coli, and most of them are harmless. But some can cause a dangerous type of diarrhea. Others can cause a urinary tract infection.

    Last Revised: October 9, 2012

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease

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