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Food Poisoning

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by Carson-DeWitt R

(Foodborne Disease; Foodborne Infection)



After you consume the contaminated food or beverage, there is a delay before symptoms arise. This delay is called an incubation period. It can last hours or weeks. Symptoms include:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Dehydration—if vomiting or diarrhea is severe
  • Neurologic symptoms, including headache, lightheadedness, visual disturbances, and seizures
  • Poor urine output
  • Cramps
  • Bloody stools, bloody vomit
  • Fever, chills
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Weakness


American Gastroenterological Association

Gateway to Government Information About Food Safety



Canadian Association of Gastroenterology

Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education



Food poisoning. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: Updated February 2011. Accessed December 16, 2013.

Food poisoning. website. Available at: Accessed December 16, 2013.

Food poisoning. Nemours' website. Available at: Updated March 2012. Accessed December 16, 2013.


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