Is Escherichia Coli Bacteria?

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Scientifically speaking, Escherichia coli is a pathogen that is a bacteria that is Prokaryotic in nature. This bacteria presents itself as a gram-negative, non-spore-forming rod. This pathogenic bacteria releases toxins that invade the intestinal tissues and in cases of cystitis invade the tissues of the kidneys. The bacterium becomes attached by fimbriae to the epithelium tissue in the body then it causes inflammation of those affected cells. All people are at risk of contracting the E. coli disease but some are at a higher risk than others. A person is at risk when they swallow the bacteria through food or water that is infected with the E. coli bacterium. Eating meat that is undercooked or consuming unpasteurized milk and raw milk products can also put a person at risk for the disease (Lim et al., 2010). People with low immune systems, the very young and elderly are very susceptible to contracting E. coli infection (Lim et al., 2010). Then people who are exposed to poor water systems and contaminated environments where E. coli bacterium can survive are also at high susceptibility to contract the disease (Lim et al., 2010). When a person is infected with E.coli disease there is a period of time before symptoms starts to appear. Each case is different and symptoms vary. Once a person is exposed to this bacterium, then incubation begins. The time period for incubation is approximately a period of two to ten days. However the whole disease, barring serious complications and
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