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E. Coli Beef Recall: Prevention, Symptoms And Tips

10/02/2012 07:41 EDT | Updated 10/02/2012 07:51 EDT
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BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: A doctor checks a patient's blood pressure on September 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Doctors in the country are demanding higher payments from health insurance companies (Krankenkassen). Over 20 doctors' associations are expected to hold a vote this week over possible strikes and temporary closings of their practices if assurances that a requested additional annual increase of 3.5 billion euros (4,390,475,550 USD) in payments are not provided. The Kassenaerztlichen Bundesvereinigung (KBV), the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, unexpectedly broke off talks with the health insurance companies on Monday. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Do you have E. coli? Do you know what to look for? Do you know what to do if you do have it? The Public Health Agency Of Canada can provide some guidance.

While most strains of E. coli are harmless, the agency warns that some strains including E. coli O157: H7, can make people sick and, in serious cases, cause kidney failure.

The symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever that is generally less than 38.5˚C/101˚F and tend to last for five to seven days.

Infections may occur among all ages. However, symptoms are likely to be more severe among the very young, elderly, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.

Proper hygiene including hand washing and safe food handling and preparation practices are recommended to prevent the illness.

See below for more information on what to look for..

"Contaminated foods may look and smell normal. It is important to ensure that you thoroughly cook foods to destroy bacteria," the agency's website states.

"Recalled products, however, should not be consumed and should be thrown away," the agency recommends.

SEE: Symptoms And Prevention Tips For E. Coli

E. Coli: Prevention Is Better Than Cure

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