One of My Cats is Very Sick with Pathogenic E. coli

And There is a Good Chance Contaminated Pet Food is to Blame — The Phoenix Saga*

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Oriental short hair Phoenix (white) and Apollo
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Phoenix sleeping. He looks a heck of a lot like Pinky from Pinky and the Brain sometimes

Background — The Pathogenic E. coli and shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli or (STEC)

Most E. coli are not pathogenic

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Not to scale but hopefully the point is made. Most E. coli are harmless

Pathogenic E. coli Nomenclature

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The nomenclature of pathogenic E. coli. E. coli O157:H7 and the so called big six non O157:H7 serotypes are all members of the EHEC group. Confusingly not all STEC are EHEC however.
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More on nomenclature
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Last one on nomenclature. I promise.
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Some more generic background information specific to the STECs

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Research scientist (Ph.D. micro/mol biology), Thought middle manager, Everyday junglist, Selecta (Ret.), Boulderer, Cat lover, Fish hater

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