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Is e. Coli contagious?

Is e. Coli contagious?

The facts: E.coli is a bacteria that is commonly found in the digestive tract of warm & cold blooded animals, including humans. It is commonly spread by fecal contamination. Its prevalence makes it a marker for contamination of lakes/city water supplies etc. Certain strains are responsible for human disease, but most live harmlessly in your gut. Good personal hygiene/avoiding contaminated sources stops it. ...Read more

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Escherichia Coli (Definition)

Escherichia coli is a gram-negative, coliform bacterium. There are various strains of E. coli that live in the intestines . Some strains can cause severe abdominal cramps, ...Read more


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What is esbl e coli?

What is esbl e coli?

Drug resistant bug: Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (esbl)--producing escherichia coli are more dangerous than other e coli and cause more serious infections. ...Read more

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How is e. Coli sepsis treated?

How is e. Coli sepsis treated?

E. coli: This bacteria can produce a wide variety of infections which are generally treated with antibiotics to which the particular strain of e. Coli is sensitive and which will reach the site of infection effectively. Sepsis is the body's reaction to infection and may require supportive care beyond the antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is e. Coli possibly a fatal disease?

Depends: E. Coli can cause a wide variety of diseases, from kidney or bladder infections to acute GI disease, to sepsis from a variety of sources. This will determine whether it is possibly fatal. Suspect you are asking about traveller's diarrhea. This is usually self-limiting, but certain strains of e. Coli can produce life-threatening disease, particularly if patients are treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is Enterobacter aerogenes contagious?

Is Enterobacter aerogenes contagious?

Yes: Enterobacter aerogenes is a bacteria that can cause a variety of infections such as urinary tract infections, sepsis, pneumonia, skin/wound infections. It typically does not occur in people who are otherwise healthy. It can be picked up by patients who are hospitalized, particularly in an intensive care unit. It can be picked up from contaminated surfaces. Antibiotic resistance can be a problem. ...Read more

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How bad is a 60 000 ufc/ml e coli urinary tract infection?

Can't tell: The number of colonies seen in the culture does not have much significance. The important thing is whether symptoms have improved or not. ...Read more

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What is e coli in water from?

What is e coli in water from?

Misdirected sewage: E coli is an inhabitant of the colon and is involved in digestion. It is easily dealt with in modern sewage treatment. If it gets loose into the soil or water supply, then it can become a hazard. It gets there from badly designed or old sewage systems or sometimes from septic systems too close to wells, and other water sources. ...Read more

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Does e. Coli dh5a is dangerous?

Does e. Coli dh5a is dangerous?

E. coli strains: Most E. coli are normal bowel inhabitants. But some, particularly those with the serotype OH157, are capable of producing a shiga toxin that is similar to that produced by bowel pathogens. But DH5a is not one of these toxin-producing strains, and is more commonly used as a laboratory strain for studying expression of genetic characteristics following cloning experiments. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is staphylococuss lugdunensis contagious?

Is staphylococuss lugdunensis contagious?

Can be normal.: S. lugdunensis can be part of the normal bacteria which s found on the skin. In some cases, like other strep. germs it can also cause disease in some people, especially if there is a break in the skin or it gets into the blood.. It is very easily treated. Any skin germ can be transferred to another person. But it may not cause disease unless it also gets into the bleed or through the skin. . ...Read more

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What is e coli and symptoms?

What is e coli and symptoms?

It is a bacteria: If present in urine can cause utiand pain burning is symptom. ...Read more

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Is citrobacter koseri contagious?

Is citrobacter koseri contagious?

Not contagious: This is a normal bacteria in the intestines. Sometimes it causes urinary tract infection, especially in women. But it isn't transmitted sexually or otherwise. ...Read more

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Does penicillin inhibit e. Coli bacterial growth?

Does penicillin inhibit e. Coli bacterial growth?

Most do.: Although there are e. Coli that are resistant to all penicillin-type antimicrobials, these exist mostly in hospitals. Without the antimicrobial pressure in the health care setting, most e. Coli are quite sensitive to most penicillins even ampicillin. Even though penicillin itself is not very useful for e. Coli, really high doses in the "old days" worked. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for e. Coli infection?

What is the treatment for e. Coli infection?

E coli: Treatment of Food poisoning may include oral or intravenous replacement of fluids/ electrolytes. Antibiotics may be indicated in some cases. ...Read more

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In most cases, is cystitis caused by the bacterium e. Coli?

In most cases, is cystitis caused by the bacterium e. Coli?

Yes: The bacterium is all over the place, including the nearby anus, and the questions is always, "why did the e. Coli gain a foothold?" anything from a stone, a malformation, not drinking water, being unaccustomed to sex, a jackass boss making you hold it. Prostate disease -- try to find the true cause that let the infection get started. ...Read more

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What are shiga toxin-producing e. Coli?

What are shiga toxin-producing e. Coli?

Dangerous bacteria: Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) are bacteria found in various livestock (cows, swine, etc) which can lead to dangerous food borne illness.Recent outbreaks in Europe are due to a specific type of STEC called strain 0104:h4. In the USA E. coli o157:h7 is a more common strain.Each produces a toxin (shiga) which can disrupt colon cells causing bloody diarrhea or destroy kidney cells & lead to HUS. ...Read more

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Has anyone had staph or e coli infection while pregnant?

Has anyone had staph or e coli infection while pregnant?

Infection/peregnancy: You can get e coli UTI infection.And skin staph infections like anybody during pregnancy anybody can. ...Read more

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Which antibiotic is most effective against e. coli?

Which antibiotic is most effective against e. coli?

Depends: The most effective antibiotic will depend on the antibiotic sensitivity profile of the organism, from the microbiology laboratory. Ask your doctor about your particular infection. ...Read more

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Is campylobacter jejuni contagious?

Is campylobacter jejuni contagious?

Yes, but: It is more likely to come from an infected animal such as poultry than from another person infected with it. ...Read more

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Is e. Coli contagious?

The facts: E.coli is a bacteria that is commonly found in the digestive tract of warm & cold blooded animals, including humans. It is commonly spread by fecal contamination. Its prevalence makes it a marker for contamination of lakes/city water supplies etc. Certain strains are responsible for human disease, but most live harmlessly in your gut. Good personal hygiene/avoiding contaminated sources stops it. ...Read more

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My mother in law has e coli in her bladder, is it contagious?

My mother in law has e coli in her bladder, is it contagious?

No: Urinary infections with e coli are not contagious. Small amounts of e coli are almost everywhere, including tap water. ...Read more

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What color is e.Coli?

What color is e.Coli?

See the picture : E coli are microscopic organisms and as such are not visible to naked eye. The colonies of e coli are tan in color as shown in the attache picture. ...Read more

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Is all e.Coli bad for you?

Is all e.Coli bad for you?

Depends: E coli are normal part of the colonic bacterial flora and this relation is mutually beneficial. Some strains of e. Coli are pathogenic and are bad. ...Read more

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What is e coli and symptoms?

It is a bacteria: If present in urine can cause utiand pain burning is symptom. ...Read more

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What happens if you get e coli?

What happens if you get e coli?

It may or may not: cause an issue because e coli is already in our guts. (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/e-coli/basics/definition/con-20032105) ...Read more

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What are the health effects of e. coli?

What are the health effects of e. coli?

Depends: We all have e coli in our colon. It is present in tap water in small numbers. It can cause infection, like urinary infection if it gets outside the colon. A few toxic strains of e coli cause hemolytic uremic syndrome. ...Read more

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What is escherichia coli?

What is escherichia coli?

A type of bacteria: This is the most common bacteria associated with urinary tract infections. Studies found that cranberry worked as well as antibiotics when the urinary tract infection was caused by e. Coli. ...Read more

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What is escherichia coli?

A bacterium: Escherichia coli is a bacterium, a gram negative rod, that normally lives in the large intestine and serves to maintain normal floara in the colon. However, it also causes infections in many organs, most commonly in the urinary tract. It is commonly used in research and has been modified to perform special functions. ...Read more

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What is e coli in water from?

Misdirected sewage: E coli is an inhabitant of the colon and is involved in digestion. It is easily dealt with in modern sewage treatment. If it gets loose into the soil or water supply, then it can become a hazard. It gets there from badly designed or old sewage systems or sometimes from septic systems too close to wells, and other water sources. ...Read more

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How do babies contract e coli?

How do babies contract e coli?

E coli are every: Where. E coli are part of our enviornment and are present in many foods and tap water. ...Read more

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Can e. Coli lead to dehydration?

Can e. Coli lead to dehydration?

Possibly: So if you have a diarrheal infection with e. Coli you can definitely get dehydrated. ...Read more

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How to kill E. Coli in the body?

How to kill E. Coli in the body?

Supportive care: Generally symptoms of a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infection last about a week and resolve without any long-term problems. Aside from supportive care including hydration and nutrition, there is no specific therapy for E. coli infections. Best of luck with your health. I am available on HealthTap to consult with you further about your health! ...Read more

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Can e coli be passed by oral sex?

Can e coli be passed by oral sex?

But....: Oral sex can transmit e.Coli to the urethra of a woman after touching nether parts contaminated with e.Coli and give a uti! ...Read more

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How do you get e-coli in your urine?

How do you get e-coli in your urine?

Travel up urethra: E. Coli species are the most common bowel bacteria and are invariably present on the perineal skin, no matter how well you wipe. They will be present in any urine temporarily trapped behind the labia and get "sucked" up the urethra during terminal muscle contractions at end of voiding. E. Coli around the urethral opening can be pushed up the urethra during sex. Hence advice to urinate after sex. ...Read more

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Is e. Coli possibly a fatal disease?

Depends: E. Coli can cause a wide variety of diseases, from kidney or bladder infections to acute GI disease, to sepsis from a variety of sources. This will determine whether it is possibly fatal. Suspect you are asking about traveller's diarrhea. This is usually self-limiting, but certain strains of e. Coli can produce life-threatening disease, particularly if patients are treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are shiga toxin-producing e. Coli?

Dangerous bacteria: Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) are bacteria found in various livestock (cows, swine, etc) which can lead to dangerous food borne illness.Recent outbreaks in Europe are due to a specific type of STEC called strain 0104:h4. In the USA E. coli o157:h7 is a more common strain.Each produces a toxin (shiga) which can disrupt colon cells causing bloody diarrhea or destroy kidney cells & lead to HUS. ...Read more

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How does a child get e. Coli into her urine?

How does a child get e. Coli into her urine?

Depends: E. Coli is in our bowel and in girls the urethra (place the pee from) is short and right near the rectum so when wiping they can introduce the bacteria if they wipe wrong and just because of the nearness. In boys it is different and unusual because their urethra is longer. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more