Precautions if you (or family members) are sick

E. coli precautions: For people who are sick or who have family members who are sick, it’s important to follow precautions to prevent passing the infection to other people:

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water immediately after using the restroom or changing a diaper.
  • Wash your hands before and after preparing food or drinks for yourself and others.
  • When possible, find a separate area to change diapers for children with diarrhea that is away from the area where healthy children’s diapers are changed. Clean and disinfect the area right after changing diapers.
  • Stay home from school or work while you have diarrhea. Most people can return to work or school when they no longer have diarrhea, but special precautions are needed for food handlers, health care workers, and child care providers and attendees. Check with your employer before returning to work, and check with your child’s child care center before resuming child care.

Also, continue the following prevention practices:

  • Always wash your hands with warm, soapy water
    • Before and after preparing or eating food.
    • After using the bathroom and changing diapers.
    • After contact with animals or their environments where there is exposure to animal feces.
    • Before preparing or touching anything that enters an infant’s mouth.
    • Use hand-sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Don’t allow raw food to touch cooked food. Don’t use the same cutting board or plate. Carefully clean countertops, dishes, and utensils which have touched raw meat with hot, soapy water.
  • Cook meats thoroughly. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
  • Avoid raw (unpasteurized) milk and unpasteurized dairy products/juices.
  • Don’t swallow water when swimming
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