public health enemy

ESCHERICHIA COLI

 

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ENEMY

ESCHERICHIA COLI

ALIASES: “E. coli, coliform bacteria”

DESCRIPTION

Date Discovered: 1885

Type: Gram Negative Rod

Family: Enterobacteriaceae

Associates: Humans and animals

Area of Attack: Gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, respiratory tract

Known Hideouts: Fecal matter

Modus Operandi: Forms invasive colonies

CAUTION

E. coli is known to acquire harmful weapons from other bacterial species. These can include virulence factors, antibiotic resistance, and survival mechanisms. Assume armed and dangerous.

 

SURVIVAL TIME 
24 hours

 

PREVENTION

  • Handwashing
  • Detergents
  • Disinfection