In 2012, 29 people across the United States suffered E. coli infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) linked most of these cases to raw clover sprouts at a specific restaurant chain. Which is the most effective way for the CDC to control this outbreak?
-Impose a fine on the farm that produced these clover sprouts.
-Distribute flyers about how to properly wash vegetables.
-Instruct the public to avoid the contaminated food source.
-Ask the public to stop consuming raw leafy greens.
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Promote the proper cooking of all foods and the cleanliness of foods that will not be cooked, such as clover sprouts.
Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacterium present in the intestine or that can be acquired through the consumption of contaminated food and that can lead to the appearance of symptoms characteristic of intestinal infection, such as severe diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, vomiting and dehydration, for example.
The symptoms of E. coli infection appear a few hours after the contamination and the person can easily transmit this bacteria to other people. So, to avoid transmission from one person to another, it is important to take some precautions. Among these precautions, we can say that it is necessary that all food handlers in a restaurant have clean hands and follow a hygiene routine. In addition, all foods must be well cooked and those that are eaten cooked, must undergo an aseptic process.
This process consists of immersing these foods in a basin with water and sodium hypochlorite or bleach. The food should be soaked in this solution for 15 minutes, and it is not necessary to wash it afterwards.
The correct answer is C.
In order for the CDC to control the outbreak they need to prevent the spread of the outbreak even further. The best way for them to do this is to instruct the public to avoid the contaminated food source. They need to tell the public not to eat at the specific restaurant linked to the outbreak and to not consume the food with the infection until the outbreak has been controlled.