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Is e. Coli contagious?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Michael Silverman
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Yes and no

It is not likely contagious but if you have a GI infection with e.
Coli and somehow it can spread via fecal-orally then you might be susceptible and then it would be contagious.

In brief: Yes and no

It is not likely contagious but if you have a GI infection with e.
Coli and somehow it can spread via fecal-orally then you might be susceptible and then it would be contagious.
Dr. Michael Silverman
Dr. Michael Silverman
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