You can be infectious for 1 to 3 weeks after your diarrhoea starts, although the risk of spreading the infection is reduced once your diarrhoea has stopped. To reduce the risk of spreading the infection, it is important to have good hand hygiene. This includes washing your hands with soap and water.
Try to avoid preparing food if you have E. coli. If you do prepare food, make sure you wash and dry your hands well first. Wash all utensils and surfaces well if they have been exposed to fresh food or raw meat.
Stay away from work, community gatherings and school or preschool until you or your tamaiti (child) have been free of symptoms for 24 to 48 hours. This includes the last time you had diarrhoea.
You should wait for at least 2 weeks after the last episode of diarrhoea before you go swimming in a pool.