E. coli is a type of bacteria that lives in the digestive tracts of humans and animals. There are many types of E. coli, and most of them are harmless. But some can cause a dangerous type of diarrhea. Others can cause a urinary tract infection.

Current as of: May 22, 2015

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease