Wanted "E-Coli"

Food borne Illness By: Casey Wulk

Description

A bacterium commonly found in the intestine of humans and other animals. It can cause severe food poisoning, especially in old people and children witch can be deadly.

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Symptoms

Children are more likely than adults to develop symptoms of E-Coli infection. Most people with the infection will have: Severe stomach cramps and stomach tenderness. Diarrhea, watery at first, but often becoming very bloody, nausea and vomiting.

Treatment

For illness caused by E. coli, no current treatments can cure the infection, relieve symptoms or prevent complications. For most people, treatment includes, lost of rest/fluids to prevent dehydration and fatigue and avoid taking an anti-diarrheal.

Prevention

  1. Cook hamburgers until they're 160 F. Hamburgers should be well-done, with no pink showing anywhere in the meat.

  2. Drink pasteurized milk, juice and cider. Any boxed or bottled juice kept at room temperature is likely to be pasteurized, even if the label doesn't say so.

  3. Wash raw produce thoroughly. Washing produce won't necessarily get rid of all E. coli (especially in leafy greens)
  4. Wash utensils. Use hot soapy water on knives, countertops and cutting boards before and after they come into contact with fresh produce or raw meat.
  5. Keep raw foods separate.
  6. Wash your hands.