E. coli O157

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E. coli O157

What is E. coli O157?

E. coli O157 is a more dangerous strain of the common E. coli bacterium usually found in the gut of healthy humans. Contaminated raw leafy green vegetables and raw minced meat is a common source of E. coli O157 and can cause severe intestinal illnesses.

It spreads by:

  • Coming into contact with the faeces of infected farm animals or people.

  • It often travels on or in food, or on the hands, and can be passed from person to person via frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, food preparation surfaces and hand-to-hand contact.

The symptoms are:

  • Severe, often bloody, diarrhoea.

  • In a small percentage of cases, life-threatening kidney damage can follow.

Ways to help avoid E. coli O157:

Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing any food, after handling raw meat, after using the toilet and after cleaning or coming into contact with someone who is ill.

Ensure that you thoroughly clean all raw vegetables before cooking and consumption.

Avoid cross-contamination of raw and cooked foods by cleaning and disinfecting worktops, chopping boards and utensils. Once used for raw foods, do not use the same surfaces, utensils or crockery for cooked food.

Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces with Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach, especially if there's an outbreak in your local area.

Disinfect your toilet on a regular basis with the Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach. If someone has diarrhoea or is vomiting, disinfect the toilet every time they use it.

How to start your toilet deep clean

You’ll need access to the whole toilet, so start by turning off its water valve, and then flush it to reduce the water level. Now you can give it a real, deep clean.

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