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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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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

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

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: 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

Hawaiian Bros., West 23rd Street, Lawrence, KS, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Cramps
“I have eaten there twice and I got sick both times afterward. I had a good 24 hours of extreme stomach cramps and explosive diarrhea both times. I just ate here 4 days ago and had explosive diarrhea for 2 days afterward. I am thinking it is something they put... See More into their food. I have never in my 40 years been sensitive to food. I ate the pulled pork and chicken but always the noodle salad and rice. Really makes me wonder what they put in their food!
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Louis Kemp Imitation Crab, Kroger, 200 Gallatin Pike S, Madison, TN 37115, United States

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Other Headache Dizziness
“After eating Louis Kemp Imitation Crab (#M012521) I became extremely dizzy and nauseated, unable to walk, headache, vomiting. ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Frozen Pizza, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Other
“im scard that i got sick from e. coli from a frosing pizaa help what do i do
how do i know wen im sick ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Arby's, 129 Luyben Hills Road, Kingston Springs, TN, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Fever Vomiting Dehydration
roast beef on june 5tg myself and 3 coworkers were traveling thru tn, stopped and ordered roast beef, a few hrs later we all started feeling sick, continued to get worse, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, we have all been to doctors more than once in the past 3 weeks, one was... See More given iv fluids, my dr said i was almost to the point of hospitalization for dehydration, we have missed work, all 4 drs said we have food poisoning. i have lost over 20 lbs since june 5th, we s
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Publix Super Market at Saxon Crossings, Saxon Boulevard, Deltona, FL, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Other Diarrhea Blurry vision Dizziness
“But crab legs from there. Couple hours later felt sick. Next day vomiting, blurred vision, nauseous, dizzy, diarrhea, shaking. ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Umi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, Mississippi 12, Starkville, MS, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Sweating Fever Other
“I ordered vegetable hibachi Thursday (June 25th). Shortly after, probably about 30 minutes or so, I began to feel extremely nauseous and my stomach was incredibly upset. I woke up Friday morning with extreme heart burn and diarrhea. I ended up with a 101.2 fever, and sweated it out in... See More my sleep. It's now Sunday, and I am still experiencing diarrhea. I won't be ordering from here again.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Applebee's Grill + Bar, White Horse Road, Greenville, SC, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea
Ribs, burger, coleslaw and fries. Severe diarrhea for 12 hours. ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

In-N-Out Burger, Inglewood Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Vomiting Stomach Pain
“I was order double-double with French fries. I got sick with stomach-ache/diarrhea/vomiting after eating on July 3rd at night around 9:30 pm. I got up due to stomach-ache and diarrhea around 7.00 am on July4th Now at 13.15pm, I am still having stomach-ache/diarrhea and vomit and still feeling sick. I... See More was order double-double with French fries. I got sick with stomach-ache/diarrhea/vomiting after eating on July 3rd at night around 9:30 pm. I got up due to stomach-ache and diarrhea around 7.00 am on July4th Now at 13.15pm, I am still having stomach-ache/diarrhea and vomit and still feeling sick.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Senoko Avenue, Nissin Foods Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea
“Got nissin chilli crab cup noodles.. Bought from redmart. This is 15/6/2020
Ate as supper woke up at few hours ltr with pain. Then 1 hr ltr after that woke again with major pain and diarrhea nausa and disconfort everywhere. So tired and exhausted at the moment took bao jin... See More wan 2packs and pain is decreased but still there on and off now. Diarrhea 4 times and still counting.
My dinner was 6 hrs apart was really hungry couldnt sleep and ate the chillicrab cup noodle with empty stomach as supper.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

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