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what are functions of enteropathogenic escherichia coli?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
None: There are no beneficial functions of enteropathogenic E coli. It can cause severe diarrhea.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Are all strains of e. Coli bad for you?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
No: The day after one is born, one acquires millions of e.Coli which will be in the colon until the day we die. Unfortunately, some strains of e.Coli can give us bloating and diarrhea. Certain toxic strains can cause hemorrhagic bleeding. This is the current strain e.Coli 0157:h7 that is in europe right now.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

Exactly how long can E. Coli survive on varying surfaces?

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Dr. Claudia Anglade
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Depends: It depends on the environment and whether the bacteria is receiving nourishing factors such as oxygen, moisture etc. But E.coli can survive for at least 3 days in feces.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

What's the difference between "normal flora" e. coli and the dangerous kind? Or do we simply get sick from flora that isn't our own?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Both can happen: The E. coli strains we all carry in our intestines usually are harmless and even benficial, but even these sometimes cause urinary tract and other infections, sometimes dangerous ones. However, the food borne types that orginate in other animals sometimes produce unique toxins not present in our own natural strains. These are the more dangerous ones that cause most serious food borne outbreaks.
A male asked:

I got the estroccocus faecalis and e.coli and under treatment. Are they sexually transmited? can my girlfriend get infected?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
UTI?: These bacteria certainly can cause urinary tract infection. They are not sexually transmmitted. But UTI is rare in healthy younger men, and both E. coli and enterococcus can be normal in the urethra. Since you mention STD risk, have you been evaluated for STD? Double check with your doctor; perhaps you and partner both need testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, etc.
A 35-year-old female asked:

How long does e coli last on tile floor?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Uncertain: Read very different things when trying to review this such as "E. coli O157 to survive for over 28 days at both refrigeration and room temperatures on stainless steel." REF: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16253366/ and E. coli does not survive in the air, on surfaces like tables or counters" REF: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/publications/disease/ecoli.aspx

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