Medical Dictionary: Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC)


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Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC): Another name for Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli.
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) (condition): Bacterial infection of the digestive system

Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC): Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, or ETEC, is an important cause of bacterial diarrheal illness. Infection with ETEC is the leading cause of travelers' diarrhea and a major cause of diarrheal disease in underdeveloped nations, especially among children. ETEC is transmitted by food or water contaminated with animal or human feces. Although ETEC causes a significant amount of illness worldwide, the infection will end on its own and is rarely life-threatening. 1

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