E.coli and sickness

Howard Kaplan hkaplan at UDCVAX.BITNET
Sat Jan 30 12:05:35 EST 1993


Much of this discussion talks about pathogenic and non-pathogenic E. coli.
For practical purposes, all strains of E. coli should be considered as poten-
tial pathogens.  What distinguishes pathogens from non-pathogens is location
and opportunity.  Some are more dangerous than others and some are generally
benign, but I would handle all of them the same way pretty much the same way
I would handle something like Streptococcus pyogenes, another commonly encoun-
tered bacterium that has never been shown to be anyone's friend.
                                Howard Kaplan
                                Biology Dep't.
                                Univ. of D.C.
                                HKAPLAN at UDCVAX.BITNET



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