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.
Food Poisoning: What to Know
Learn about the germs, viruses, and parasites that are the biggest causes of food poisoning.
The Basics of Food Poisoning
From symptoms to treatment to prevention, get the basics on food poisoning from the experts at WebMD.
How to Prevent Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is common – and preventable. Learn what foods to be careful with, how to cook and clean, and what to watch for in restaurants and while traveling.
Kids and Petting Zoos
A visit to the petting zoo and your kids may leave with E. coli.
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.
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.
Is It Really Food Poisoning?
Your upset stomach could be caused by a food intolerance or irritation -- your GI tract and creme brulee simply don't get along.
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?