The mission of every Infectious Awareables tie is to generate interest, discussion, even excitement about serious public health issues such as this silk E.Coli II ti... read more The mission of every Infectious Awareables tie is to generate interest, discussion, even excitement about serious public health issues such as this silk E.Coli II tie in blue. Believing that humor can be a powerful educational tool, Infectious Awareables neckties take an atypical, slightly irreverent approach to some very serious subjects. Shop and take pride in knowing that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to disease research/education. "Start the Conversation!" Esherichia coli II is our follow up design to our hugely popular, virally wearable first edition. E. coli. is a common bacterial inhabitant of the human intestine. Certain strains, however, can be highly pathogenic, and can lead to severe illness or fatality, especially in the young, elderly or immuno-compromised. Often spread via contaminated vegetables, undercooked and contaminated beef, unpasteurized milk and juice, this outlaw requires food workers to be especially careful to implement good hygiene habits. Continuing outbreaks highlight the serious challenges to food industry, homemaker and parent, alike. A back-of-tie "Awareness Note" and a source citation are incorporated in the pattern design, which reads: "E. coli is a normal bacterial inhabitant of the human intestine. Certain harmful strains usually transmitted by contaminated foods or undercooked meat can cause serious illness or even death. Outbreaks have become more common, with children and elderly being particularly susceptible." "Original images courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia" Note: IA contributes a portion of proceeds to research, education or support associated with important non-profit public health agencies and organizations.