E. coli O157 and other STEC infections - public information leaflet

Publication Date: 17 December 2017

HPS has reissued information for the public on E. coli O157 and other STEC infections.

  • What are E. coli O157 and STEC?
  • Where is STEC found?
  • How can infection be avoided?

Some simple but effective precautions include:

  • washing and drying hands thoroughly using running warm water and liquid soap
  • minimising contact with animal faeces.
  • good food hygiene practices
  • not drinking untreated water

For further guidance on avoiding bugs and germs whilst enjoying Scotland’s outdoors see NHS Inform website.

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