Saturday, June 2, 2012

What is E-Coli

E. coli or full name Escherichia coli is a bacterium commonly found in the gut of humans and warm-blooded animals. Most strains are harmless to us but some, such as enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), can cause serious illness.

Why are people catching E.coli?

E.coli is transmitted to humans mostly through food, including raw or undercooked ground meat products and milk.

Faecal contamination of water and other foods, as well as cross-contamination during food preparation (with beef and other meat products, contaminated surfaces and kitchen utensils), will also lead to infection.

An increasing number of outbreaks have been linked with eating fruit and vegetables (such as sprouts, lettuce, coleslaw and salad). In these cases, contamination occurs due to contact with animal faeces.

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