During the month of August, the Epidemiology team at the Tulsa Health Department will introduce you to the five enteric (diarrheal) illnesses that we investigate.
Here are some ways to protect yourself from these diarrheal illnesses.
Washing hands frequently, including under the nails, on the backs of the hands, and on the wrists
Being extra diligent to wash hands after changing diapers, playing with/petting animals, cleaning up after pets, or preparing food
Avoiding cross-contamination of produce and meat by separating foods and avoiding meat juice from dripping anywhere
Cooking meat to temperature- a list of the safe minimum internal temperatures for foods can be found here
Washing produce- tips for this can be found here
Avoiding swimming, wading, or swallowing water from a lake, pond, river, swimming pool, or any other body of water that appears contaminated
One of the most effective ways to prevent these illnesses from affecting you is with proper handwashing. The CDC outlines 5 steps to wash your hands the right way, which can be found here.
If you do begin to experience diarrheal illness, it is best to consult with your primary care physician. Avoid cooking for others and entering bodies of water where others may be swimming until diarrhea has cleared up for at least 24 hours.
CDC Current Outbreak List
Visit here for a list of current diarrheal illness outbreaks.