Escherichia coli

By: Kelsey, and Trinity

Name and description

This food-borne illness is bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea, or abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.

The illness

Symptoms can vary from person to person but they usually include: severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often watery and may develop into bloody), vomiting, and fever.

10,000 to 20,000 infections occur in the United States each year.

Safety precautions to prevent contamination

Proper hand washing and safe food handling and preparation practices are important to preventing the spread of food-borne illnesses. E. Coli can be avoided by following some simple and easy steps when it comes to handling food. Keep your cold foods at or below 4 °C. Always cook your meats to the proper temperatures because bacteria are destroyed when food is cooked to a certain internal temperature.