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Food Poisoning

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by Carson-DeWitt R

(Foodborne Disease; Foodborne Infection)

 

Symptoms

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
 

RESOURCES

American Gastroenterological Association
http://www.gastro.org

Gateway to Government Information About Food Safety
http://www.foodsafety.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
http://www.cag-acg.org

Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education
http://www.canfightbac.org

 

References


Food poisoning. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/firstaid/basics/923.html. Updated February 2011. Accessed December 16, 2013.


Food poisoning. FoodSafety.gov website. Available at: http://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/index.html. Accessed December 16, 2013.


Food poisoning. Nemours' KidsHealth.org website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/kid/ill%5Finjure/sick/food%5Fpoisoning.html. Updated March 2012. Accessed December 16, 2013.

 

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