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Escherichia coli O157 (E. coli)

E. coli is a common bacteria found in humans, animals, and the environment. There are many different types of E. coli. Some are beneficial and some cause no harm. However, a few types of E. coli, such as E. coli O157:H7, can make us sick. People can get sick if they eat or drink foods containing illness-causing E. coli. Symptoms of E. coli illness can include diarrhea and stomach cramps. Properly handling, washing, and cooking foods can help you stay healthy. Learn more about E. coli illness and other ways to avoid getting sick.


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