E. coli Prevention
E. coli can be a nasty bug with the potential to cause sickness in people of all ages. With the following preventative measures, you can avoid the risk of infection in your home – or if infection ever strikes, there are ways to stop it spreading:
- It’s important for every person in your household to wash their hands after touching animals, after going to the bathroom or changing babies’ diapers, following being in contact with a person who is infected, or handling their clothes or bedding, before eating, and preparing or serving food.
- If one of your friends or family has been infected, they should not prepare or cook food for 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped.
- Use a cleaning product, such as Jif to wipe surfaces regularly touched, such as toilet seats, door handles and taps.
- Never share diaper changing mats or towels.
- Throw away cloths after cleaning, and ensure they don’t spread germs by placing them in a plastic bag, tying off the neck and disposing of the bag in your household waste.
- Separate clothing and bedding used by infected people and wash apart from other clothes, at a high temperature.
- Don’t forget to carefully wash your rubber gloves after use.
E. coli symptoms can include the following:
- bloody stool
- stomach cramps
People tend to notice symptoms 3–4 days after they’ve been infected, but symptoms can start any time within 1 and 14 days. These symptoms can last up to two weeks. If you are concerned about your E. coli symptoms, or those of a loved one, you should call your doctor or health professional for further advice.
Now you have a good understanding of E. coli infection, put these E. coli prevention tips into action and ensure your household is an infection-free zone!