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.
High-risk groups include:
Older adults - As you get older, your immune system may not respond as quickly or effectively to infectious organisms.
Pregnant women - During pregnancy, changes in metabolism and circulation can increase the risk of food poisoning. Your reaction may be more severe during pregnancy, and your baby is also at risk of getting sick.
Infants and young children - Immune systems of infants and children aren’t fully developed. This group can have a harder time fighting off food poisoning.
People with chronic disease - People with chronic conditions like diabetes, liver disease, AIDS or those receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer often have a reduced immune response.
These people should take extra precautions by avoiding the following foods:
Raw or rare meat and poultry
Raw or undercooked fish or shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels and scallops)
Raw or undercooked eggs or foods that may contain them (cookie dough and homemade ice cream)
Raw sprouts (alfalfa, bean, clover and radish sprouts)
Unpasteurized juices and ciders
Unpasteurized milk and milk products
Soft cheeses (Feta, Brie and Camembert, blue-veined cheese, and unpasteurized cheese)
Refrigerated meat spreads and pates
Uncooked hot dogs, lunch meats, and deli meats
Recent Interesting Reports
“Service was great and food tasted good. The creamed corn tasted a little too smokey but didn't taste bad. I had the pork sandwich and my gf had a chicken sandwich. We had mac n cheese and pinto beans and creamed corn and mashed potatoes. Early the next day we... have been throwing up and have diarrhea. Sharp pains to our stomachs ”
“the meals all include drinks for free. we ordered 3 vitamin waters and 1 diet coke. 5/6 fam mebers drank the vitamin water. and got diarrhea - 1 y/o, 2 y/o & 3 y/o kids plus the grandma and mother. the husband who ordered coke didnt get diarrhea. this was... the only common thing we ate/drank all day. symptoms started at the end of the day last night. We had it at noon ”
“Matcha Latte I drank a 32oz Matcha Latte from there and a few hours later I threw up at work. I hadn’t eaten much this morning, just a chocolate croissant from here. At first the vomit was matcha colored and smelled like matcha. Now the vomit still smells like matcha... but is closer to an orange color. ”
“I was feeling great. Picked up my kid and we went to have dinner. We ordered two separate entrees. I ordered a supreme pan pizza. Within an hour and a half I was having severe stomach cramps, nausea. Then suddenly the profuse projectile vomiting occurred until dry heaves. Please do... not eat at here ”
Side salad at the entrance to Javilla at the Salto Limón. Only I ate from the salad, only I got sick. It started 8 hours after the meal, only 5 days later I am healthy again. Still limp, but healthy.
Original: Beilagen-Salat am Eingang Javilla des Salto Limón... Nur ich habe von dem Salat gegessen, nur ich wurde krank. 8 Stunden nach der Mahlzeit ging es los, erst 5 Tage später bin ich wieder gesund. Noch schlapp, aber gesund. ”
“Day and 1/2 in to the holiday.... violently sick , diarrhoea and fainting . My daughter followed suit a day later ..... we were in bed 3 and 1/2 days! Very. Very ill. Probable cause the ice..... water .... or from the buffet. The hotel paid for the doctor abd... medication at my insistence as the hotel was the cause. Wanted us to pay $2000 for hospital tests but refused. Still washed out ..... not happy as an expensive holiday. ”
“Chicken Salad Within an hour of eating a small chicken salad sandwich, symptoms started. I assumed I was just not feeling well so I didn’t think anymore about it. Symptoms subsided within 4-5 hours. I have been well all day but again had a small chicken salad sandwich for dinner... tonight. Same symptoms within 1-1/12 hours after eating. I’ve thrown out the product. ”
“Seafood buffet dinner Thursday 16 Jan 2020 Corporate dinner 28 out of 84 (1/3) people at dinner came down with food poisoning. 4?people treated at AE or hospitalised. Symptoms only started > 30 hours later. ”