Scanning Electron Micrograph of Escherichia coli O157H7

Escherichia coli O157H7 is a strain of E. coli produces a shiga-like toxin that kills epithelial cells of the large intestines causing hemorrhagic colitis, a bloody diarrhea. In rare cases, the shiga-toxin enters the blood and is carried to the kidneys where, usually in children, it damages vascular cells and causes hemolytic uremic syndrome. Note dividing bacilli.

By Content Providers(s): CDC/ Janice Haney Carr [Public domain]. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gary E. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology
The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus
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Last updated: August, 2017
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