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Re: [RC] FW: E coli in horse manure? - Robert R

I'm not the intended recipient to answer this but I thought with a background in clinical microbiology, I could offer a valid opinion. I would be surprised and shocked to not find E. coli in horse manure. And further, if people didn't have E. coli in their manure, they would be very, very sick individuals. E. coli is a normal flora of the digestive tract of humans and I am presuming of horses but don't know that as fact. The E. coli making headlines is a specific variant known as E. coli H057. It is a mutated, dastardly little bug leading to profuse diarrhea and often intestinal hemorrhage. That particular variety is not normal flora but crops up from time to time. It isn't hard to treat but advances and progresses so rapidly that it must be caught early before grave damage in terms of blood loss and dehydration occur. Don't be afraid of E. coli, it is truly our friend. You have never eaten a meal of raw vegetables that didn't probably contain it nor drank out of a drinking fountain or or or ad nauseum. It is everywhere and we want it there because its presence suppress the bad bugs. Just hope the Heinz 57 variety doesn't crop up but if it does, you'll know real, real soon.

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