While E. Coli is often not reported because it has very similar symptoms to gastroenteritis, (the stomach flu) it should not be taken lightly. In fact, E. Coli infects 73,000 people and causes 61 deaths per year.
Luckily, E. Coli is not spread as easily as the stomach flu and there are a number of ways to prevent contamination. In a recent article, Everyday Health talks about different preventative methods to stop the spread of E. Coli, including:
- Thoroughly wash all produce prior to eating
- Make sure all meat is cooked thoroughly
- Do not consume unpasteurized foods or beverages, including juice, cider, dairy products and raw milk
- Always wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom, changing a diaper or touching any animal whether they be from a farm or petting zoo.
One of the best ways to avoid the spread of E. Coli is understanding the symptoms and knowing when you have a serious infection. Some of these symptoms include severe diarrhea, nausea, intense stomach cramping, fatigue and low-grade fever. Keep in mind that some people do not experience symptoms until days after they have come in contact with the infection. Taking the proper measures to prevent future infections is the best way to avoid E. Coli from reaching you.