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what does a really heavy growth escherichia coli mean?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: I assume you are referring to the culture of some type of secretion or wound. This means that there are many gram negative bacilli of the species e.Coli growing on the culture plate that was innoculated with the specimen. The e. Coli might be causing an infection or could be colonizing depending on the type of specimen, amount of wbc's on the gram stain and the clinical signs.

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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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What isescherichia coli?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Bacteria: Eschericia coli or e.Coli is a gram negative bacteria that lives in the gastrointestinal tract. It is a frequent cause of urinary tract infections and travelers diarrhea.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What ise. Colio157:h7? Are there important differences between e. Coli o157 and other stec?

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Dr. Jonathan Megerian
Pediatric Neurology 28 years experience
Most well known type: 0157:h7 is the most common 'genetic strain' of disease producing shiga toxin producing E. coli in the US. It is most often introduced into individuals through contaminated food that is undercooked. It was also believed to be the most likely variant associated with severe illness, however the outbreak in Germany last year of severe STEC was from a different strain, known as 0104:h4.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can e.Coli be transmitted for person to person?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not usually: E coli is present in the environment, including tap water and it usually is not transmitted from one person to an other.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is all e.Coli bad for you?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
No: E. Coli is a very common (and normal) bacteria found in the human intestinal system. It is only certain strains that can be deadly if infected.

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