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1437: Managing E. coli O157 disease risk in the British countryside

This paper is summarised from the Rural Economy and Land Use project Policy and Practice Note No. 35 ‘Managing E. coli O157 disease risk in the British countryside’

Year of Publication2012

Measures that combined the highest practicality with the highest effectiveness scored by scientists and farmers were washing hands with soap and water, particularly after touching farm animals and before eating food, cattle vaccination and removing farm animals from near private water supplies. Official organisations need to put out clear messages about the importance of hand washing after contact with farm animals and ensuring meat products are cooked properly. Since the financial costs of the disease are lower than the costs of effective intervention there is little incentive for organisations or enterprises to intervene, making it more imperative for government to take a lead.

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