How to prevent bacterial gastroenteritis
The bacteria and viruses that can cause gastroenteritis are highly contagious. Aside from vaccination, here are some ways you can prevent gastroenteritis:
Wash your hands
Hands are usually the culprit in the spread of many viruses, including those that cause gastroenteritis. Make sure to practice good handwashing habits. Wash your hands before you eat and after you go to the bathroom. As an additional safety measure, use hand sanitizer after washing your hands.
Make sure to handle food carefully
Contaminated food and water are another possible cause of gastroenteritis, which is why food should be prepared in a clean environment. Meat, eggs, and shellfish should be cooked properly before being eaten. In addition, fruits, vegetables, and other food that can be eaten raw should be rinsed thoroughly and kept separate from raw food.
Store food at the right temperature
Cold food must be kept in temperatures below 5 °C, while hot food should be kept at 60 °C to prevent them from spoiling.
Disinfect surfaces as needed
The kitchen sink, counters, and other high-risk surfaces should be kept clean and disinfected regularly. Toilet seats and door handles should also be disinfected especially in places where people gather.
Never prepare food for others if you’re not feeling well
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that you should never prepare food for others for at least two days until your symptoms stop.
If you’re currently sick with the stomach flu,
- Make sure to keep sick areas clean: It’s important to keep your environment clean especially if there are any soiled articles of clothing or bedding. Utensils must be sterilized after every use and should be separated from utensils used by other people in the household.
People who are traveling or on vacation are also susceptible to stomach bugs due to the fact that they may come into contact with contaminated food or water. When traveling,