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National Infection Prevention Week – coming to an end …

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We have focused on the importance of infection prevention this week however we must be mindful of the things we can do everyday to keep ourselves and others healthy.

What-do-you-mean-kid#1 – WASH YOUR HANDS!

Use safe cooking practices
Foodborne illnesses frequently arise from poor food preparation.

How can foodborne illness be avoided?
Don’t leave food out. Microbes thrive on virtually all food items, and more so on foods left at room temperature.
Promptly refrigerate foods within 2 hours of preparation. Refrigeration slows or stops the growth of most microbes.
Use separate cutting boards for raw meats and vegetables.
Wash all fruits and vegetables prior to eating.
Keep your countertops clean.

What are the symptoms of a foodborne illness?
The most common symptoms of foodborne illness are fever, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal bloating or cramping, and muscle aches. A common belief is that the illness is caused by the most recent foods or meal consumed. This can be a misconception; symptoms usually appear 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food.

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