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By Megan Johnson McCullough
Special to Village News 

Healthy Habits for Bonsall and Fallbrook Folks: Preventing E. coli infections


Last updated 9/20/2020 at 9:45pm

Most E. coli strains are harmless, but others can cause serious food poisoning and stomach discomfort.

E. coli is a bacterium found in the intestines of humans and the gut of animals. The technical term is "Escherichia coli." This bacterium has warranted itself quite the bad reputation.

Most of the time E. coli is harmless and helps the digestive system; however, when the bad type of E. coli strikes, havoc ensues, resulting in diarrhea. These strains of the bacteria are found in contaminated foods or drinks.

When E. coli strikes, food poisoning, pneumonia and breathing problems can occur. In fact, 75-95% of urinary tract infections are caused by these bacteria. There are different strains o...

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