Escherichia coli bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea.
Signs and symptoms of E. coli infection typically begin three or four days after exposure to the bacteria, though you may become ill as soon as one day after to more than a week later. Signs and symptoms include:
– Abdominal cramping
– Nausea and vomiting
The most common way to acquire an E. coli infection is by eating:
1. Contaminated food
Ground beef – Ground beef combines meat from many different animals, increasing the risk of contamination.
Unpasteurized milk – E. coli bacteria on a cow’s udder or on milking equipment can get into raw milk.
Fresh produce – Runoff from cattle farms can contaminate fields where fresh produce is grown. Certain vegetables, such as spinach and lettuce, are particularly vulnerable to this type of contamination.
2. Contaminated water
Human and animal feces may pollute ground and surface water, including streams, rivers, lakes and water used to irrigate crops. Although public water systems use chlorine, ultraviolet light or ozone to kill E. coli, some outbreaks have been linked to contaminated municipal water supplies.
3. Personal contact
E. coli bacteria can easily travel from person to person, especially when infected adults and children don’t wash their hands properly.
-1 lb fresh cranberries or 1 lb frozen cranberries
-1 quart water
Wash and drain fresh or frozen red-ripe cranberries. Combine cranberries and water in a large pan. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and cook until berries burst. Strain juice through a fine strainer lined with cheese cloth. Sugar can be added to juice to your taste. Reheat juice until it is almost, but not boiling. Pour into jars.
Allow to cool before refrigerating.