- 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.
Shiga toxin-producing E.coli
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