Have you experienced having gastroenteritis?
September 2, 2008 12:38pm CST
Gastroenteritis — an inflammation of the intestines that causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and other symptoms — is usually caused by bacteria or a virus.There are some ways to prevent it.Heres how: Wash your hands frequently, especially after using the toilet, changing diapers or caring for someone who has diarrhea. Wash your hands before and after preparing food, especially after handling raw meat. Wash diarrhea-soiled clothing in detergent and chlorine bleach. If bathroom surfaces are contaminated with stool, wipe them with a chlorine-based household cleaner. Cook all meat thoroughly before you eat it, and refrigerate leftovers within two hours. Make sure you don't transfer cooked foods onto unwashed plates that held raw meat. Wash kitchen countertops and utensils thoroughly after they have been used to prepare meat. Never drink unpasteurized milk or untreated water. Drink only bottled water or soft drinks if you travel to an area where sanitation is poor. In these areas, also avoid ice, uncooked vegetables or fruit that you have not peeled yourself.