E. Coli Infection prevention

My friend suffered from bad diarrhea that opted her to be hospitalized. She was very dehydrated. In just a short period of time she lost a lot of fluids. She was in the hospital for about 2 days. She consumed 4 or 5 bottles of dextrose to rehydrate her. It was terrible. But after she took medication and was hydrated, she felt better and return to her normal activities. E Coli. We need to know what really is E. Coli and how to prevent it.

E. Coli is a bacteria that causes severe cramps and diarrhea. After about a day, the diarrhea changes to bright red, bloody stools that lasts for 2 to 5 days. E. coli infection is more likely during summer. People who are infected with E.coli are very contagious. See a doctor immediately if you have blood in your stools, and drink lots of water.

To prevent being infected with E. coli follow these guidelines:

* Wash hands thoroughly before cooking. If you have diarrhea, wash hands carefully and often with hot water and soap for at least 30 seconds. If you work in a day care center or home for the elderly, wash your hands often.
* Never eat ground beef that is still pink. Keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods. Anything that has been touched with raw meat and poultry needs to be washed with hot water and soap.
* Defrost meats in the refrigerator or microwave - do not let meat sit on the counter to defrost.
* Don't drink raw milk.
* Keep food refrigerated or frozen. Keep hot food hot and cold food cold. Refrigerate leftovers right away.

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  Joro Livelihood

August 17, 2008 at 3:56 PM

This is very prevalent in some hospitals but this can be prevented.

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