What bacteria and germs cause food poisoning
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bacterias is the top cause of food poisoning in the United States.
The top five food poisoning bacterias are:
- Norovirus You can get this virus from raw fruits and vegetables. You can also get this from shellfish, such as lobster and clams, that come from tainted water Food handlers who have norovirus can also spread it as they prepare meals for customers.
- Salmonella Food poisoning can result from ingesting these bacteria can be found on raw or undercooked meats, raw eggs and dairy products, such as milk.
- Clostridium perfringens bacteria that is found in many environmental sources as well as in the intestines of humans and animals.
- Campylobacter You get can this from raw or undercooked meat, especially chicken, as well as unpasteurized milk and tainted water.
- Staphylococcus aureus It usually does not cause illness in healthy people, but Staph has the ability to make toxins that can cause food poisoning.
Top foodborne germs are:
- Listeria Common than others on this list, you can get it from packaged foods such as hot dogs and lunch meats, soft cheeses such as brie, and raw fruits and vegetables. Pregnant women need to be extra careful about Listeria since it can cause a miscarriage.
- Clostridium botulinum This food poisoning bacteria is commonly known as botulism.
- Escherichia coli (E. coli) You often get this one from undercooked beef, especially ground beef, as well as unpasteurized milk.
- Shigella Often spread when someone uses tainted water to clean food, it can be found on seafood and raw, ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables.
- Vibrio You can get infected by consuming raw or undercooked seafood or exposing a wound to seawater.
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Current Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks
When two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink, the event is called a foodborne or food poisoning outbreak. Reporting illnesses to your local health department helps them identify potential outbreaks of foodborne disease. Public health officials investigate outbreaks to control them, so more people do not get sick in the outbreak, and to learn how to prevent similar outbreaks from happening in the future.
Here is a list of current multistate foodborne illness outbreaks.
Recent Interesting Reports
“Just myself. I ate about half the sweet fire chicken around 7pm last night and was planning on saving the rest for lunch. Waking for work this morning I had a splitting migraine and my stomach in knots. Within 2 hours of working I had to leave from the discomfort.... I ended up having an "accident" while driving home. ”
“Had the Tokyo Spicy Pork Belly ramen yesterday. Today I have diarrhea and occasional painful stomach cramps. I don’t if this was culprit or something else because I’ve eaten here many times before and this has never happened to me before. I did notice that the noodles seemed to be... a little undercooked as they are usually really soft. However I thought this was because I ordered this to go and the noodles and broth were separate. ”
“I ate half a bag of hot Cheetos on January 21 2019 I remember because on January 22nd I had a judge trip to go to. I then got sulfur burps which I’ve never had before and it scared me I went to bed and I couldn’t sleep because I... felt nauseous then I had the longest burp and threw up in the toilet which looked like chunks of blood 🤢 ”
“Fish tacos - Only I got sick. I ordered fish tacos that didnt taste right and 5 days later the symptoms began showing. I went to urgent care and was diagnosed with a UTI. I was in severe pain and urinating blood. They sent my culture's off to the lab... and they tested positive for E. Coli. I have informed the health department. ”
“Chicken fettuccini Diarrhea started about four hours after I ate at approximately 6 PM I was the only one who got sick out of the group of five people at the restaurant with me. Nobody else had the same item that I did. The diarrhea continued through the night and... the next morning. I called the restaurant and left a message for one of the Owners or manager to call me back and I have not heard from them. I will try to call them again later this afternoon after their lunch rush. ”