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All mammals have some strain of E.coli in them. Humans usually get E. coli as benign inhabitants of the large intestine within 40 hours of birth.They are normal gut flora in mammals, just like Salmonella is normal microflora in birds and reptiles. Issues occur when the wrong strain of E. coli gets in one's gut
Portland issues boil water notice for the entire city after E. coli detected in…
The Portland Water Bureau issued a city-wide boil notice to 670,000 customers (May/2014) after water staffers detected E. coli in 3 separate tests during a 3 day period. State officials said the tests showed signs of fecal matter.