Newborns and E. Coli
Name: Warren Y.
Date: March 2004
How does a newborn, who is presumably born bacteria free, get E.coli into his or
her alimentary tract?
The minute the amniotic sac breaks, bacteria starts to be taken up by the baby. It passes
through the birth canal which probably has coliforms in it and the environment and food also
is not sterile. It takes a while, but from the minute of birth, the baby is establishing its
own normal flora.
Ingestion in food and drink.
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