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  • E. coli are normally found in the gut of warm-blooded animals.
  • Many types of E. coli are harmless, but some produce toxins (poisons) that can cause gastro.
  • One of these types of E. coli is known as ‘shiga toxin-producing E.coli’ or STEC.
  • Symptoms of STEC infection include diarrhoea, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and fever.
  • Humans can be infected with STEC by having close contact with farm animals, eating undercooked beef, drinking unpasteurised milk or drinking or swimming in contaminated water.
  • You can prevent STEC infection by cooking raw meat thoroughly, avoiding unpasteurised meat and milk, washing hands (and implements) after handling raw meat and after having contact with animals.

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Reviewed on: 09-07-2018