E Coli

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  • Escherichia Coli
    • Sources
      • Undercooked meat like beef and beef products
      • Gut and faeces of animals like cattle and sheep
      • Cheese, salami, unpasteurised milk
      • Raw vegetables
      • Swimming in contaminated water
      • Drinking untreated water
    • Symptoms
      • Haemorrhagic Colitis - inflamed large intestine that bleeds a lot. Causes bloody diarrhoea and stomach cramps
      • Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic purpura - problems with blood, kidney or brain. May be fatal
      • Gastroenteritis
      • Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome - kidney failure, anaemia and bleeding
      • 3-4 day incubation period
    • Prevention
      • Wash hands with soap. Don't share towels
      • If clothing is soiled, remove faeces and wash in separate very high wash
      • Regularly clean toilets with disinfectant. Use separate cloth for toilet
      • Infection person should stay off work until doctor advises it is safe to return
      • If you work with vulnerable people, employer should be informed. Stool samples may be required before returning to work


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