How can you spot E. coli symptoms?
An E. coli infection is commonly characterised by these symptoms:
- Diarrhoea – ranging from mild and watery to severe and mixed with blood
- Abdominal pain, cramps, and tenderness
- Nausea and vomiting
E. coli symptoms usually occur 3-4 days after exposure to the bacteria but some people may become sick earlier or later than that. Contact your doctor immediately if you feel ill.
How does cleaning help E. coli prevention?
If you’re wondering “is E. coli contagious?” then the answer is “yes”. And this means the cleaning is an easy way to help prevent the infection from spreading to others.
There is no vaccine to treat an E. coli infection, so cleaning your home thoroughly and avoiding common triggers of infection are highly recommended. Try these tips:
- Wash fresh produce in water before cooking or eating
- Maintain good personal hygiene by washing your hands regularly
- Always wash your hands after contact with dirty diapers or animals
- Clean your bathroom daily with a strong disinfectant like Domestos
- Do the same for your kitchen, sanitising all work surfaces
- Flush toilets immediately after use, closing the lid first
Wipe your kitchen tops thoroughly with a cleaner like Handy Andy before use
- Use separate chopping boards and utensils for meat and other produce
- Store food securely, and disinfect cupboards and fridges regularly
- Keep raw meat on the bottom shelf of fridges to avoid drips
- Never allow rat and cooked meats to touch one another
- Cook food, particularly meat, to 71°C at its thickest point
Now that you know a little more about E. coli, and how to prevent it with cleaning, you can help keep your family safe from infection.