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Stomach Trouble: How To Avoid E. Coli, C. Diff, And Campylobacter Infections

Campylobacter, E. Coli O157, C. Diff and Salmonella are all avoidable – you simply need the knowledge and the right tools to kill these nasty germs. Read on, if you want to know about campylobacter causes, how bleach kills C. Diff and much more.

Campylobacter

What is campylobacter? Campylobacter is a bacterium that lives in the intestines of birds (particularly poultry) and animals. Campylobacter infections are a common cause of food poisoning.

What causes campylobacter to spread?

  • Touching or eating contaminated food, especially undercooked meat
  • Coming into contact with the vomit or faeces of an infected animal
  • Touching contaminated surfaces like clothes, toilets, or nappies

What are campylobacter symptoms?

  • Diarrhoea, abdominal pain and fever within two to ten days of infection.
  • Diarrhoea which might contain blood and can sometimes be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

How to avoid a campylobacter infection

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after handling raw poultry.
  • Keep your family safe and disinfect your kitchen and bathroom surfaces with Domex Multipurpose cleaner.
  • Domex Toilet Cleaner Classic Germkill will make light work of disinfecting your bathroom too.

E. Coli 0157

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

How do you get E. coli O157?

You can catch E. Coli O157 by coming into contact with the faeces of infected farm animals or people. It can travel in food or from person to person via frequently touched surfaces.

E. Coli O157 Symptoms

  • Severe, often bloody, diarrhoea
  • In a small percentage of cases, life threatening kidney damage can follow.

How to avoid E. Coli O157

  • Avoid cross-contamination of raw and cooked foods by cleaning and disinfecting worktops and utensils.
  • Clean and disinfect your surfaces regularly and kill the bacteria dead by applying Domex bleach.

C.diff

C.diff, or Clostridium Difficile, is a spore-forming bacterium occasionally found in the gut of healthy adults. Occasionally, it gets the chance to reproduce rapidly, generally when a person over 65 is being treated with antibiotics. It causes potentially very serious diarrhoea.

How does C. diff spread?

C.diff spreads by touch. Spores are shed through diarrhoea, then survive for a long time on people’s hands and surfaces.

C.diff symptoms

Diarrhoea of varying severity is a common symptom of C.diff. Fever, nausea and abdominal pain are also common.

Does bleach kill C. diff?

C.diff forms heat-resistant spores, so using a basic cleaner won’t do. So what kills C. diff on surfaces? Domex is the ultimate weapon against germs, so equip yourself with Domex bleach to keep your kitchen and bathroom clean.

Salmonella: The Important Facts

Now you know about campylobacter causes and how to avoid E. Coli it’s also important to be aware of another cause of stomach upset: salmonella.

Where does Salmonella come from?

Salmonella bacteria are found in contaminated food, particularly meat, eggs, poultry and milk. Other foods can become contaminated if they come into contact with these items.

How can you prevent Salmonella?

To avoid getting sick from this bacterium, it’s important to maintain good food hygiene practices, for example, washing your hands before and after eating, and especially after handling raw food. Cook food thoroughly and be sure to store cooked food away from raw items. Regularly disinfect food preparation sites.