E.coli is a facultatively anaerobic, Gram-negative bacillus which may be motile or non-motile, and which is commonly found as part of the normal colonic flora of man and a variety of other animals. However E.coli is frequently the causal organism of a number of common bacterial infections including urinary tract infection, bacteraemia and various diarrhoea) illnesses, as well as being an important cause of neonatal meningitis and nosocomial pneumonia. Those strains which are responsible for enteric disease can be further subdivided into enterotoxigenic (ETEC), enteropathogenic (EPEC), enteroinvasive (EIEC) and enterohaemorrhagic (EHEC) groups according to their underling mechanism of pathogenesis and the nature of the resultant illness.
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