Food Poisoning

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:47 by admin
Food Poisoning

A foodborne illness, commonly called food poisoning, is an illness that results from eating contaminated food. Most cases of food poisoning are caused by infective agents such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites or toxic agents that include improperly prepared foods, pesticides on fruits and vegetables, or naturally toxic substances such as poisonous mushrooms or reel fish.

Contamination of food usually arises from improper sanitizing, preparing, and food storage. Food handlers who do not wash their hands after restroom use or have an infection can cause food contamination. If food is stored at the wrong temperature food can become tainted.

Signs of the illness generally begin several hours to several days after ingesting the infected food. Symptoms include nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache, or fatigue. Most people are able to recover from food poisoning within two days. Foodborne illness can result in permanent health damage or death for babies, pregnant women, and elderly or sick people with weak immune systems.

A frequent cause of food poisoning is food that is contaminated with bacteria. Some common bacterial foodborne pathogens include E. coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, and Staphylococcus aureus.

Viruses account for more than half of food poisoning cases and include the rotavirus, norovirus, hepatitis A and E. Parasites and toxic agents account for very few food poisoning incidents.

If you have experienced serious health problems due to food poisoning see you doctor immediately. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

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