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What are Foodborne Parasites?

Many parasites can be transmitted via food. Protozoans including Cyclospora cayetanensis, Cryptosporidium spp., Toxoplasma gondii, and Giardia intestinalis are common foodborne parasites in the U.S. Others include tapeworms Taenia spp and Diphyllobothrium spp., and roundworms such as Anisakis spp. and Trichinella spp. A number of these infectious organisms may also be spread via contaminated soil, water or contact with an infected person. 

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What is Ciguatera Fish Poisoning?

Of the many known seafood illnesses, Ciguatera Fish Poisoning is the most reported among travelers and occurs when people ingest ciguatoxins. All kinds of reef fish produce the toxin, the following species are most susceptible: red snapper, barracuda, moray eel, parrotfish, grouper, hogfish, kingfish, amberjack, sea bass, sturgeon fish, and coral trout.

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What is Viral Gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis refers to an infection of the gut and is known as food poisoning when caused by food contaminated with virus(e.g.norovirus), bacteria(e.g salmonella), and parasites(e.g Giardia). Gastroenteritis symptoms range in severity and can start within hours of eating contaminated food.

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What is Scombroid Poisoning?

Scombroid poisoning can occur when consuming improperly preserved fish. The scombroid toxin has been reported in amberjack, bluefish, albacore, Australian salmon, herring, anchovy, mackerel, saury, herring, needlefish. Mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna, sardine, wahoo, skipjack, and kahawai may also pass scombroid. The toxin acts as a histamine and is produced following the growth of bacteria in improperly stored fish. 

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What is Listeria?

Listeria food poisoning symptoms include fever, headache, and tiredness in mild cases, but severe infections can lead to death. Listeria is commonly linked to ready-to-eat foods but occurs in frozen foods as well. Listeria risk is minimized by pasteurization or thoroughly heating food to 165 degrees.

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What is the Hepatitis A Virus?

One of the most important organs in your body is your liver. Responsible for detoxification, your liver also helps in digestion and also allows you to store energy. When infected, your liver might be unable to carry out these functions. Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis A virus (HAV).  

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What is Gastritis?

If your stomach lining is inflamed, you may be diagnosed with Gastritis. This condition may be acute or chronic but can be treated using acid reducers like antacid, or antibacterial medication if the condition was triggered by bacteria. Chronic gastritis is less common, usually affecting 2 out of 10,000 individuals, while acute gastritis is most commonly reported with 8 cases in every 1,000 individuals.

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What is Cyclospora?

Cryptosporidiosis is an infection by the Cyclospora cayetanensis parasite that may be transmitted by ingesting food, water, or feces containing the parasite. You may also become infected if you touch your mouth after using the toilet without properly washing your hands. People suffering from cryptosporidiosis often report watery diarrhea.

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What is Colitis?

Inflamed colon (or large intestine) is also referred to as colitis. Colitis can be caused by food poisoning due to disease-causing organisms like Salmonella and Escherichia coli. The condition may also be a result of autoimmune reactions and a shortage of blood supply to the colon. Regardless of its cause, people suffering from colitis normally report symptoms including diarrhea and abdominal pain. 

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What is Norovirus?

Norovirus infection usually begins with diarrhea and vomiting that are often mistaken for flu, and hence the infection being termed the stomach flu. Norovirus infection can become severe without prompt medical attention. The highly contagious virus can be spread via food, water, contaminated surfaces, and close contact with infected persons. 

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Physical Contamination in Food

Physical contamination in food can be a real threat to eaters. Recalls for foreign contaminate can happen for everything from ground beef to cookie dough mix. Contamination can accidentally enter the food supply during manufacturing or when it is being prepared at restaurants and at home.

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About Listeria: Symptoms & Signs

Listeria

Here are some basic facts about this disease.

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Food poisoning timeline and when you should see a doctor?

Food poisoning timeline

The food poisoning timeline can begin immediately, especially if it is a chemical contaminant. For bacterial, viral or parasitic agents that cause food poisoning the start of symptoms will vary from a few hours to a few weeks. The CDC provides the following table of some of the possible contaminants, when you might start to feel symptoms and common ways the organism is spread.

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How to report food poisoning and what to do if you have food poisoning

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Report food poisoning at iwaspoisoned.com

If you have food poisoning please report it to IWasPoisoned.com. The vast majority of public health agencies in the United States subscribe, as do health officials in many other countries. Our site is trusted by tens of thousands of people each year who have food poisoning and we have caught many outbreaks as a result.

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What are food poisoning symptoms?

Food poisoning symptoms can depend on a lot of factors

Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and can differ significantly depending of the contaminant, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most common symptoms of food poisoning are:

  • Upset stomach
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

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What Is Food Poisoning?

What is food poisoning...

It is illness caused by contaminated food or water. It is very common, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are 48 million cases every year in the US. It can be spread through contaminated food or water. It can often resolve within days. Infectious organisms or their toxins are common causes of food poisoning. Food poisoning symptoms may include cramping, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Food poisoning often resolves without treatment. Adequate hydration is an important part of treatment.

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Why should I report food poisoning?

Help prevent further incidents of food poisoning.  

Each year, millions of people get food poisoning and thousands die

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How do I stop throwing up from food poisoning?

 

 

To control nausea and vomiting be sure to avoid solid foods until the vomiting ends.  

Taking slow, small sips of liquids can help avoid vomiting and dehydration.

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I ate with others, why don’t we all have the same symptoms?

 

 

How, when, and if you become ill after eating contaminated food will depend on the ‘bug’, but also the amount of exposure, your age, and your health. Food poisoning can be especially dangerous, and even life-threatening, for people with weakened immune systems.

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How long does food poisoning last?

 

 

Often lasting several days, the length of food poisoning will depend on several factors like the kind of bacteria or virus you contracted, and the state of your immune system.

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What are the most common food poisoning ‘bugs’?

 

 

Infectious organisms like bacteria, viruses and parasites are the most common causes of food poisoning.

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How does food poisoning happen?

 

Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food that is handled or cooked incorrectly before it reaches your plate.

 

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What helps food poisoning?

 

 

Stay hydrated and replenish the fluids your body is losing to diarrhea or vomiting.

Properly restore electrolytes by drinking beverages like Pedialyte, Ceralyte, or Oralyte to prevent dehydration. Sports drinks like Gatorade should not be used because they do not restore the necessary balance.

If you're able to keep down fluids do, slowly introduce foods that are easy to digest like bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast; commonly referred to as the ‘BRAT’ diet.

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What should I do if I have food poisoning, should I see a doctor?

If you experience symptoms of food poisoning, such as diarrhea or vomiting, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

You should seek medical attention from your doctor or healthcare provider if you have symptoms including any of the following:

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Do I have food poisoning?

The most common symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, upset stomach, stomach cramps or abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.

 

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Food Preparation Safety for Vegetable Dishes

Incorporating vegetables into your diet provides health benefits, especially when you select and prepare them in a safe manner. It is extremely important to add vegetables in your diet because it provides you with nutrients that help you avoid heart disease, stroke, and cancer. To some, eating vegetables help them lose weight.

However, some raw vegetables may have dangerous microorganisms. If food safety procedures are not followed, it can cause food poisoning or worse, viral infections -

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1.  What inspired you to get into your profession?

When I was in college, during breaks I was performing asbestos abatement for a private company. I got paid a lot of money however it was grueling work. We would be toiling in our PPE  sweating in 100+heat, in tight and dark spaces, using jackhammers, etc. Once in a while a guy would show up, spend maybe 5 minutes in the danger

                                                   

zone, collect some samples and get back out. I noticed he wore a suit and drove a new BMW. I asked him what he did and he replied he was... 

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Why Report Food Poisoning?

Millions of people get food poisoning every year, and thousands die. The annual economic cost is in the billions.

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Got food poisoning, what do I do ?

Food poisoning often improves without treatment in a few days. During that time you should drink fluids to prevent dehydration. Read more

Recent Interesting Reports

Arby's, Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, USA

Type: Poisoned
Sнntomas: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Sweating Stomach Pain
“My whole family ate there, three if us got the signature sandwiches other two for Rubens, food tasted ok, but I felt sick just after finishing. I went to the restroom, there was another woman in there getting sick. Three family members were having mild symptoms almost immediately, but when... See More we got home, about six to 8 hours after, four f.m. were vomiting, diareaha, sweating severe stomach pain, that lasted into early hours of the next morning. Mild symptoms continued into the next day. This is the third time my family had gotten sick from them, the time before in Springfield*
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Wendy's, Hawthorne Avenue, Abbotsford, BC, Canada

Type: Poisoned
Sнntomas: Nausea Vomiting
“Ate at this location Friday June 26th 2020 at 5pm. I thought my safest bet was chicken nuggets. I ordered a 10pc chicken nugget meal with a frosty. 12 hour later, at 5am I started violently vomiting. The vomiting last around 12 hours, it was so severe I was vomiting... See More blood. Ended up being admitted to the hospital and spent 6 hours waiting for an IV to feel better. My blood work cams back and showed the I had food poisoning. I’m disgusted by the thought of it + every commercial that comes on my television.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

TGI Fridays, Detroit Road, Westlake, OH, USA

Type: Poisoned
Sнntomas: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Other
“We ate there passing through on our way to Indiana on June 9th. The two in our party who shared the pretzel ended up getting violently ill within the next hour. Vomiting and diarrhea. Lasted till about an hour ago now on June 10th. ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

L&L Hawaiian BBQ, El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA, USA

Type: Poisoned
Sнntomas: Nausea Other
“got a loco moco. ate around 7 pm-ish and my stomach started feeling terrible at around 9 pm. no diarrhea or vomiting just yet (5 am), but my stomach still feels terrible. haven't slept at all yet due to it. was the only other thing i ate yesterday, apart from... See More some cereal. hopefully i don't feel worse. :(
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Arby's, Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota, USA

Type: Poisoned
Sнntomas: Nausea Vomiting
“French Dip ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Miller Farms, Piscataway Road, Clinton, MD, USA

Type: Poisoned
Sнntomas: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Went to pick fresh strawberries and got sick a couple hrs after Picked strawberries from the farm from 10-12 pm on June 6, 2020...... brought them home. Washed them off. Refrigerated them for a Hour or so.... And I ate 3 or 5 around 2oclock Same day ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Sonic Drive-In, U.S. 60, Barboursville, WV, USA

Type: Poisoned
Sнntomas: Diarrhea Other Cramps Dehydration
“Not sure  My husband started cramping about two hours after eating this drive through. We we on our way to Battery Park, Va. By the time we got there he needed to go to bathroom. This all started Saturday evening. Finally Wednesday morning I took him to local hospital. They... See More believe he had food poisoning, which then triggered colitis. He was so dehydrated, his kidneys started shutting down. They almost admitted him. 
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Daily Harvest, Broadway, New York, NY, USA

Type: Poisoned
Sнntomas: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“After I finished my shake about 1 hour later I was vomiting and had diarrhea almost at the same time. I tried to eat lunch and threw that up too. Started shaking. Then took a nap. After that i had chick fil a and was back to normal. Can’t get... See More sick off the Lords Chicken.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Taco Bell, South Queen Street, York, PA, USA

Type: Poisoned
Sнntomas: Vomiting Sweating
“Steakrito Ordered 1 Steakrito and ate it on the drive home. About 2 hours later I started getting gassy. Followed by stomach aches then the aches turned into the most painful God awful stabbing pains I've ever had. The pains lasted for about an hour then I started sweating profusely... See More until finally I vomited. Went to layes down still sweating and cramping and rocking back and forth until I finally fell asleep. Felt better after I woke up
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, South 320th Street, Federal Way, WA, USA

Type: Poisoned
Sнntomas: Diarrhea Nausea Other Headache
“Horchata from there About 2 hours after having it, sever diarrhea started - no one else got sick. Everything we ate was the same except for the horchata. Over the next 2 hours since the diarrhea started, it has continued, and I’ve developed a sever headache and nausea so bad... See More I’m just laying down and can barely walk across the house
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

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