Certain bacterial infections, especially those in undercooked or improperly handled food, can cause loose stools and bouts of diarrhea. E.coli, salmonella, and trichinosis are common foodborne illnesses caused by microbes. Contaminated water can also contain high levels of diarrhea-causing bacteria. To avoid contracting these illnesses, store perishable food below 40 degrees and heat meals to temperatures over 145 degrees. Wash fruits and vegetables completely, and thoroughly wash the hands before preparing food.
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