Escherichia coli


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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

A bacterium found in the gut, used as an indicator of faecal contamination of water (WHO 2006).A gram-negative, anaerobic, non spore-forming bacillus commonly found in the intestinal tracts of humans and other warm-blooded animals. In sanitary bacteriology, Escherichia coli is considered the primary indicator of recent fecal pollution (Symons et al. 2000).

Other Definitions

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Interpretations and Explanations


Symons JM, Bradley LC Jr and Cleveland TC  (2000)  The Drinking Water Dictionary. American Water Works Association WHO (2006) Guidelines for the safe use of wastewater, excreta and greywater


WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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