Despite its funny name, hamburger disease is actually a very serious health problem that can lead to severe, permanent complications.
Hamburger disease is an infection caused by E. coli bacteria, which are naturally present in the digestive tracts of both humans and animals. Certain strains of this bacteria can lead to an intestinal infection causing severe vomiting and diarrhea. Meat can become contaminated in the slaughterhouse, but the contamination can also occur when meat (especially beef) is handled by individuals who are contaminated or who do not follow the rules of hygiene. The E. coli bacteria can also be spread by other food sources such as fruits and vegetables, water, and so on. Unfortunately, there is no way of telling whether meat is contaminated with E. coli from the meat’s appearance, odor, or taste. So to prevent infection, it is essential to follow the rules of hygiene to the letter when handling, conserving, and preparing food. Keep separate and clean all utensils, dishware, or cutting boards that have come into contact with raw ground meat and use a meat thermometer to make sure ground meat is cooked thoroughly. Ask your health professional for more information on the prevention and symptoms of hamburger disease!