E. coli O157

Stomach Bugs

E. coli O157

What is E. coli O157?

E. coli O157 is a more dangerous strain of the common E. coli bacterium usually found in the gut of healthy humans. Raw minced meat is a common source of E. coli O157. It can cause severe intestinal illness.

It spreads by:

  • Coming into contact with the faeces of infected farm animals or people. It often travels on or in food, or on the hands, and can be passed from person to person via frequently touched surfaces.

The symptoms are:

  • Severe, often bloody, diarrhoea.

  • In a small percentage of cases, life-threatening kidney damage can follow.

How to avoid E. coli O157:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food, after handling raw meat, after using the toilet and after cleaning or coming into contact with someone who is ill.

  • Avoid cross-contamination of raw and cooked foods by cleaning and disinfecting worktops, chopping board and utensils.

  • Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces with Domestos Bleach Spray, especially if there's an outbreak in your local area.

  • Disinfect your toilet on a regular basis with the Domestos Toilet Cleaning System. If someone has diarrhoea or is vomiting, disinfect the toilet every time they use it.

How to start your toilet deep clean

You’ll need access to the whole toilet, so start by turning off its water valve, and then flush it to reduce the water level. Now you can give a real, deep clean.

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