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How can I prevent E. coli infection?

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You can also prevent E. coli infections by being careful about the foods that carry the greatest chance of contamination. For example:

In your kitchen, a couple of simple rules will help keep you safe:

When you're swimming, try not to swallow the water, whether it's a pool, a lake, or the ocean. It may be tainted.

  • Cook hamburgers until they’re 160°F inside.
  • Drink only pasteurized milk, juice, and cider.
  • Wash all of your produce before you eat it. Be especially careful to get dirt off leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach.
  • Clean knives, counters, and cutting boards with hot, soapy water after raw meat has touched them.
  • Use different cutting boards for food that you eat raw, such as vegetables and fruit. Don’t put cooked meat back on the same plate you used for raw meat without washing the plate first.

From: What is E. Coli? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “E. coli.”

Johns Hopkins Health Library: “Escherichia coli O157:H7,” “Escherichia coli.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease: “E. coli.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- E. coli.”

KidsHealth.org (Nemours Foundation): “E. coli.”

World Health Organization: “E. coli Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 21, 2016

SOURCES:

CDC: “E. coli.”

Johns Hopkins Health Library: “Escherichia coli O157:H7,” “Escherichia coli.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease: “E. coli.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- E. coli.”

KidsHealth.org (Nemours Foundation): “E. coli.”

World Health Organization: “E. coli Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 21, 2016

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