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WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Food bourne Illness

By: Chuck Roberts
By: Chuck Roberts

We hear a lot about food borne illnesses in the news these days.

And experts will tell you, the best way to avoid these bacteria is to cook and wash your food thoroughly.

Why? Because things like E.coli and salmonella can kill you.

Chuck Roberts has more on the possible impact of such bacteria in today's Health Minute.

This is a picture of e. Coli 0157 h7.

Many times found in undercooked ground beef; un-pasteurized milk and juice and contaminated raw vegetables.

It can make you very sick.

How sick?

Ask Linda Rivera, a special ed assistant from Las Vegas, Nevada.

A year ago, she was making cookies for he sons' prom.

A week later she was in the hospital, in a coma.

The culprit? Uncooked cookie dough.

"Just a couple of bites, that's all it took and now it's been over a year that I've been in bed."

The e.Coli found in the wheat of the dough attacked Linda's colon. It made her so sick her organs starting shutting down.

"She was very very sick. Um, I frankly, at that point, didn't think she was going to make it, she was on dialysis, it was touch and go."

But Linda was strong, and after a year of hospitalization she's now in rehab in San Francisco.

She has trouble walking, her memory is weak and she has difficulty moving her limbs.

But, she's doing better.

Her husband Richard is constantly by her side as she goes through her ordeal.

He warns anyone who is listening, that food borne illnesses are nothing to take lightly.

"For any family to have to go through this.. I mean it just, it does steal your life away."

For Today's Health Minute, I'm Chuck Roberts.


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