Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Modern myths #1 E. coli bacteria are all the same

Bacterial strains showcase a diversity of shapes, sizes, and functions. The bacterium Escherichia coli has caused outbreaks of lethal foodborne disease. However, only certain varieties of E. coli can make people sick. For example, strain “O157:H7” is particularly dangerous to people. Other strains of E. coli help out with the normal human digestive processes. Most people carry safe strains in their guts all the time without getting sick.

Therefore testing simply for the presence of E. coli is not sufficient; it is necessary to differentiate between pathogenic and non-pathogenic strains. 

For further details see: https://microbe.net/simple-guides/microbial-myths-common-misconceptions-about-microbes-in-the-built-environment

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology Resources (http://www.pharmamicroresources.com/)

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