E. coli Directory
E. coli is a bacterium that lives in the digestive tracts of people and animals. Some types of E. coli can cause bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting. In some people, this type of E. coli may also cause severe anemia or kidney failure, which can lead to death. Other strains of E. coli can cause urinary tract infections or other infections. You get an E. coli infection by coming into contact with the feces of humans or animals, directly or through tainted food. Symptoms usually start 3 or 4 days after contact with the E. coli. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how E. coli is contracted, the symptoms of E. coli infection, and much more.
What Is E. Coli?
Undercooked meat and muddy lettuce: How E. coli makes you sick and how you can prevent it.
Learn more from WebMD about first aid steps for diarrhea.
Your Guide to Healthy Grilling
Your summer picnic or barbecue wouldn’t be the same without firing up the grill. Here's how to do it safely.
How to Know if You Have Food Poisoning
Ate something iffy? WebMD tells you how to know if you have food poisoning.
Public health experts tell WebMD about the 'dirty dozen' of places where germs love to hide. Learn about sources of e-coli infection and more.
15 Ways to Make Your Food Safer
15 tips on food safety.
10 Tips for the Single Grocery Shopper
Many singles say it's a challenge to shop and cook for one. Recipes are usually designed with a family in mind.
Best Ways to Lower Your Chance of Getting a UTI
Want to lower your chance of getting a urinary tract infection? Here are five lifestyle changes and two doctor-prescribed methods that can help.
How Safe are Organic Foods?
Nutritionist, Marion Nestle dispels common myths about organic foods.
Video: E. coli Food Poisoning
No one wants to be bound to the bathroom with a nasty case of food poisoning. Here’s how to avoid E. coli bacteria from contaminated food.
The Truth About Washing Greens
Fresh vegetables are vulnerable to bacteria because they often come in contact with soil and water. Is washing enough?