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Health Tip: Preventing E. coli Infection

(HealthDay News) -- Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacterium that lives in the intestines of healthy people and animals, says Mayo Clinic. A few strains found in contaminated water or food can cause abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

To help prevent E. coli infection, Mayo Clinic encourages people to:

  • Cook hamburgers until they're 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Drink pasteurized milk, juice and cider.

  • Wash raw produce thoroughly.

  • Wash utensils before and after contact with raw food.

  • Wash hands after preparing or eating food, using the toilet or changing diapers.

  • Keep raw foods separate.

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