Most people have heard about this dangerous bacterium. While it is perfectly safe when it is located in the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract of animals and humans, it can cause major illnesses due to its production of powerful toxins. That’s why so many people are interested in how to protect themselves and how to eliminate E. coli.
E. coli can quickly and easily spread from one person to another and even spread from animals in a petting zoo. While this is very common, around 85% of current infections are caused by food. This organism is present in GI tracts, which means that people who consume meat are at risk of E. coli. Contaminated products can occur during processing or slaughter and if meat is undercooked, then infection is very common. Other food sources of infection include eating leafy greens such as alfalfa, spinach, and lettuce that are infected; drinking unpasteurized juice and milk; and eating salami that is contaminated. You can also get E. coli by drinking or swimming in contaminated water.
It’s very easy for E. coli to spread to another person if people do not practice good hand washing, which is why it is so common in hospitals, daycares, and nursing homes.
The average onset of these symptoms is three to four days and includes severe stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. Most people do not have a fever and while the symptoms are severe, most people will recover in a week without relying on medication. Very young children as well as the elderly can get very sick and an infection can actually cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is life-threatening. This condition causes the kidneys to fail. Getting medical attention for an Escherichia coli (E. Colli) infection is important.
A stool test is required to correctly diagnose E. coli, which is why getting medical care right away is important. Healthy individuals do not need treatment, will feel better in five to ten days, and should not use antidiarrheal medical or antibiotics. People who develop HUS will need treatment in a hospital and may require kidney dialysis and blood transfusions.
While E. coli is scary, there are some things that you can do to help prevent its spread and to avoid E. coli infection: Regularly wash your hands after using the bathroom, before eating or handling food, and after changing a diaper. Children need to be especially thorough washing hands after using the bathroom. Thoroughly cook meat to destroy the bacteria. Ground beef is especially dangerous and can harbor E. coli. Wash your hands after touching animals, being on a farm, or handing animal feces. Order your hamburger well-done or medium at a restaurant and do not eat any ground beef that is still pink. Defrost your food in the microwave, refrigerator, or cold water, not out on the counter. Wash all vegetables and fruit before you eat them. Keep your kitchen clean at all times. Never placed cooked meat on the same plate as raw meat. Wash all kitchen thermometers, counters, and cutting boards with hot soapy water. Don’t drink unpasteurized cider, milk, or juice Drink water that has been disinfected or treated with chlorine. Keep raw meat away from food that is ready to eat. Don’t swallow water when swimming in a pool or a lake.
Stay informed of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendations regarding food preparation and consumption. Everyone wants to know how to kill E. coli bacteria and while there are certain things that you can do to prevent its spread, killing it is a little bit harder. It’s best to rely on Odorox Hydroxyl Generator machines in all commercial and residential settings. These machines are able to find and kill all bacteria and germs in your environment. They not only remove bacteria from the air but also can kill any that’s on surfaces in your home or office. This is a reliable way to kill E. coli and prevent it from spreading from one person to another, stopping the spread of infection and the health problems it causes.
RE: Odorox Trash Room Hydroxyl Generator Applications
On behalf of the City 24 Condominium Association ('City 24'), I would like to provide the remarkable results of the Odoroxª hydroxyl technology trash room applications implemented at our development.
City 24 is a 126 unit, 15 story condominium development located on Biscayne Boulevard near downtown Miami. The building maintains a retail trash room and trash chute room. The retail trash room contains 4 large trash dumpsters which is used by residents and retailers and is a receptacle for food and other wastes. Previously these trash rooms were air-conditioned at approximately 65 degrees in order to control offensive odors and City 24 was constantly trying to maintain control over the troublesome, offensive odors.
In mid-May, upon the recommendation of the Odoroxª team, the air-conditioning systems were turned off in the trash rooms. The Odoroxª guys installed hydroxyl generators into each trash room. The problematic air quality control problems were reversed and an immediate improvement was noted. Above and beyond the successful resolution of a very problematic air quality control problem, City 24 realized the added benefit of a significantly reduced house electric bill.
The Odoroxª equipment has proven to be quite effective in City 24 with many different applications. For instance, in addition to the trash room units, City 24 maintains mobile units that are used on a localized basis for odor control problems in the building such as paint fumes. Further, the units serve as a dehumidifier thus further positively affecting our air quality and reducing the a/c operating costs.
While today everyone is facing difficult economic circumstances, the Odoroxª technology has provided significant relief to our present situation and paid for itself in a matter of a couple of months.
PuroClean of Tampa Bay has had the opportunity to work with a hydroxyl generator that we purchased from Tom McArdle. We have used it with fires, mold damage, and smoke odor removal.
The technology has really added to our "tool set" and has worked very successfully to improve the outcomes of our emergency cleanups.
But, even more, it has been a privilege to work with Tom and Michael McArdle. They are tremendously responsive and supportive to our business needs. Time and time again they have gone "over and above" to help us get the job done more quickly with exceptional results. Soon after we purchased our first Odorox generator, we used it in a condo where one of the owners had been a heavy smoker for over 15 years. Unfortunately, the owner had painted over the nicotine stains and the odor on their walls, thereby, locking in the smoke odor. When our one machine could not clean it, Tom and Mike brought 3 more machines to get rid of the smoke odor completely. In addition, they came out daily to the condo to check how it was working and kept following up to see what else they could do.
Both Mike and Tom are exceptional business colleagues. We look forward to working with them, and their technology, long into the future. If any customers would like to contact us to discuss the product in more detail, Ali and I would be happy to speak with potential clients.
Mary O'Hara President
PuroClean of Tampa Bay
Odorox hydroxyl technology destroys 99.9% of germs, bacteria, mold, mildew, voc's and viruses in the air and on porous and non-porous surfaces which can cause illness and infections. MDU/RX FDA approved and safe to use in spaces occupied by people, pets, and plants.