Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
163 Doctors are Online

Does E. coli develop in human body naturally?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2011
Answered : 291 Questions
E Coli 0157---

I have read that E Coli 0157 is not NATRUALY found in human instestines or feces. It seems the source is certain animal intestines. Of course, this could spread from animal to water. vegetables, humans ect.

Assuming someone does not have an active E Coli 0157 infection, then it would not be possible for them to spread E Coli 0157 through there feces to another person correct?

I say this because if if does not naturally occur in humans, then the only way a human could spread this specific strain through these feces is if they had an active infection, which of course they had to get from another source such as meats, vegetables, or a human who had an active infection.

Basiclly my question is, you cannot get the 0157 strain from another humans feces, unless they were currently infected with it (which of course would be pretty clear)


Thank you
Posted Sun, 8 Sep 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Hari Om Chandrakar 8 hours later
Brief Answer:
Yes you are absolutely correct!

Detailed Answer:

Yes, you cannot get the E Coli O 157 strain from another humans feces, unless they were currently infected with it !!!

Sure, the bacteria are not naturally found in human intestine and it causes diarrhea to humans following ingestion of contaminated undercooked beef, milk and from various water sources.

There are few cases where the bacteria are found asymptomatically in animal intestines, and are shed in their feces.

Person-to-person transmission can occur if infected people do not wash their hands after using the toilet.

Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions, I will be happy to help.

Dr Hari Om Chandrakar
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Doctor Now

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor