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Prevention

To prevent germs from entering your body follow these seven tips:

1. Wash your hands.
Keeping your hands clean is very important! Scrub those hands before eating and after visiting the bathroom. Use plenty of soap and warm water. You should spend at least 20-25 seconds washing your hands.
2. Make sure your hamburgers are well done.
Don't eat pink meat! Raw meat is loaded with harmful bacteria. Make sure those burgers are well-cooked.
3. Watch out for bugs.
If you're in the woods beware of mosquitoes and ticks, wear long sleeve shirts and long pants, and put on bug spray. Lyme Disease (deer tick) and West Nile Virus (mosquito) are two diseases that we can catch from insects.
4. Wash those fresh fruits and vegetables.
Make sure you get your five servings a day of fruit and veggies to stay healthy, BUT... WASH those fresh fruits and veggies first before you eat them.
5. Beware of wild animals.
Many creatures--such as bats, raccoons, and squirrels--can carry diseases. So keep a safe distance from wild animals. Be especially wary of nocturnal animals that you see out and about during the day.
6. Say "NO" to cookie dough.
Cookie dough that's made with raw eggs could be carrying bacteria such as salmonella. You could get food poisoning from eating raw eggs. Don't worry about cookie dough ice cream--the eggs have been cooked.
7. Don't drink water in the wild.
Harmful microbes can be lurking in water that hasn't been treated for drinking.

To find out more about Disease Prevention visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at their Web site:www.cdc.gov

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