What's juicy, sweet, big, bright red, has dots and fun to eat?. If you guessed strawberries, you guessed right! And if you love to eat them, be aware, because in Oregon, multiple strawberry farms were found with traces of E. coli 0157:h7.
This bacteria's real name is called Escherichia coli and was named for the Austrian doctor, Theodor von Escherich (1857-1911). I wish I could tell you more about the bacteria's history, but it's a lot of big words I can't understand. What I can tell you is that but we need this bacteria to breakdown cellulose in our bodies and it assists in the absorption of vitamin K, the blood clotting vitamin.
Not all forms of this bacteria are so helpful though. The 0157:h7 part of the bacteria was found in 1992 and is a particularly nasty version. See this part secretes powerful poison, called a verotoxin. Normally receptors in the human kidney, brain and gut cells kill them, but not all people have the receptors, so that's way some people get ill.
The Oregon Public Health Division claims that it came from deer, and deer have been known for having this bacteria since 1997, but investigators do not know why its never been shown in the strawberries. A elderly woman in Washington County died from kidney failure and four others were hospitalized. So far, 16 people in Washington, Clatsop, Multnomah counties and Northwestern Oregon have been infected in the past month. So we need to put a stop it from coming to Cali because I don't want to get sick or die or even become infected. Therefore all the supermarkets need to take the strawberries off the floor.
Now if you do go out and buy strawberries, have some precautions. Here can what you do:
- Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them
- Keep fruits and vegetables and other raw food separated from cooked food
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap after handling raw foods, as well as before eating, after using the toilet, and after changing diapers.