Tips for preventing person-to-person spread of E. coli bacteria
Wash your hands often, and always wash
them after bowel movements or changing diapers. If your home has more than one
bathroom, restrict the infected person to the use of one bathroom
Dispose of soiled diapers and stools carefully. If the
infection is suspected in a young child, use disposable diapers instead of
cloth diapers until the illness has passed.
Adults should make sure that
children who have diarrhea wash their hands thoroughly after using the
bathroom. Children infected with E. coli should avoid
contact with other children, particularly during swimming.
handles on toilets and sinks with an antibacterial cleaner.
who have been diagnosed with E. coli infection should
not handle food or work in a day care center or other institution until they
have tested negative for the bacteria in two stool samples. If you have taken any antibiotic, the stool sample
should be taken at least 48 hours after you took the last dose.