Due to an outbreak of E. coli in the community, a public health nurse instructs parents regarding measures to prevent further occurrences, which should include:

Avoiding swimming in standing water.
Cooking all meat thoroughly.
Drinking purified water.

Explanation

•E. coli originates in the intestinal tract of animals. It can then grow in meat that is half-cooked. Parents should be aware of the health hazards associated with not cooking meats thoroughly.

•Drinking bottled water will help prevent the outbreak of E. coli from contaminated water.

•Swimming in any non-treated water can increase the risk of E. coli transmission, especially standing water.

•Although E. coli can spread to surfaces from raw meat, cleaning these surfaces twice a day is not necessary.

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