Escherichia coli infection

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Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a Gram-negative bacillus that is associated with the development of infections.

  • To learn about the E. coli organism, click here.

Categories in E. coli Infections

  • E. coli infections may be categorized into either enteric, uropathogenic, meningitis- and sepsis-associated, and other extraintestinal:
  • Enteric (Diarrheagenic): Enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC), enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), enterotoxicogenic E. coli (ETEC), enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC), enteroinvasive E. coli (EIEC), and diffusely adherent E. coli (DAEC)
  • Uropathogenic: Uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC)
  • Meningitis- and sepsis-associated: Meningitis-associated E. coli (MNEC)
  • Other extraintestinal: Extraintestinal E. coli (ExPEC)

List of Organ-Based E. coli Infections

  • E. coli is often the causative pathogen responsible for the following diseases: