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Researchers find clues to diarrheal disease in kittens, kids

Genomic analysis revealed no differences in atypical enteropathic Escherichia coli isolated from humans and healthy or sick kittens, suggesting that findings from research on kittens with diarrhea will translate to children. Researchers found higher motility in pathogenic isolates of the bacteria, which attach to epithelial cells in the intestines, which then secrete fluids that cause diarrhea, says veterinarian Jody Gookin.

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