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Transcript of Food Poisoning
Wash hands, kitchen utensils and/or kitchen areas that were used or going to be used thoroughly with soap and water.
Be aware of raw/undercooked foods.
Cook foods to the right temperature especially meat.
Separate raw and cooked or 'ready-to-eat' foods.
Use different cutting boards for the meats.
Cool foods to the right temperature, 0 - 5 degrees Celsius.
Food poisoning, also called food-borne illness results from eating food or drinking water containing poisonous substances including bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or toxins.
If the illness is really serious then the doctor may suggest sigmoidoscopy.
It usually depends of the type of infection caused by the bacteria or toxins & these are usually caused by Cross Contamination of foods, Undercooked foods & Improper food processing.
Bacteria - such as Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, Campylobacter, Botulinum, Staphylococcus, Shigella, etc.
Parasites - such as protozoa, roundworms, and tapeworms.
Viruses - such as Hepatitis A, Norovirus, Ritavirus, etc.
Fungal agents such as Mucor or Aspergillus.
Toxic agents such as pesticides on fruits and vegetables.
March 24th, 2014
The incubation period is usually between the average 1-3 days, but may continue up to 90 days. Within this incubation period the symptoms usually start within the first 2-6 hours:
Nausea & Vomiting
Diarrhea (may be bloody)
Abdominal pain and/or cramping
People who have a serious medical condition such as kidney disease or diabetes
Prevent Dehydration - Oral rehydration or preferably drink lots of water.
Plenty of rest
If it doesn't go away in the next 1-5 days then you should see your doctor.
Most people recover but if they don't then it usually depends on the type of infection caused by the bacteria. In general this rarely happen though:
Symptoms may worsen
Brain and nerve damage
The Federal government estimates that there are about 48 million cases of food-borne illness annually—the equivalent of sickening 1 in 6 Americans each year. Each year these illnesses result in an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.
To sum it up, its common in adults, & pregnant women.