E. coli is back in the news and once again causing hysteria beyond its actual threat. Yes, this latest outbreak has sickened a couple of thousand people in 12 countries since it first appeared on May 1st and killed, at last count, 24 people, all in Germany so far. But to put that in perspective: about 16 times that many people have died in German traffic accidents during the same time period. So with that in mind, let's take a look at E. coli, what it is, what it does, and why this new strain is particularly alarming. At the same time, we'll also explore some of the more alarmist statements now populating the blogosphere, and finish by offering some recommendations.