E. coli: Escherichia coli 0157:H7, E. coli 0157:H7 (cont.)
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E. coli 0157:H7 Prevention of Outbreaks
The following guidelines on preventing E. coli 0157:H7 are recommended by the CDC:
One of the major sources of outbreaks is hamburger meat contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7; such infections have been termed "hamburger disease". Many authors recommend that hamburgers ordered in a restaurant should be "medium or well done", with no pink hamburger meat visible in the middle of the burger. Any "pink" hamburger meat should be cooked until brown to reduce the chance that viable E. coli are still present.
In addition, any food or liquid involved in a recall due to possible E. coli contamination should be disposed off immediately. The most recent recall (8/20/10) was in California when about one million pounds of beef was recalled due to possible E. coli 0157:H7 contamination. In 2010, the FDA has recalled several productions of beef, including material put into dry pet foods due to contamination with this organism.
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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