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Escherichia coli

Escherichia coli, usually abbreviated to E. coli, is one of the main species of bacteria that live in the lower intestines of warm-blooded animals, including birds and mammals.

They are necessary for the proper digestion of food and are part of the intestinal flora.

Its presence in groundwater is a common indicator of fecal contamination.

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