Food poisoning

Food poisoning...symptoms, causes, and tips for avoiding it

Summer is a great opportunity to spend time and relax with family and friends. It's also a time to be wary and take the appropriate precautions to avoid foodborne illness, commonly referred to as food poisoning. Food poisoning occurs when you eat or drink something that contains harmful germs, which produce a toxin in food. This toxin is causing the problem.


What are the symptoms of food poisoning?
Abdominal pain
Diarrhea
Fever
Loss of appetite
Nausea
Vomiting
Weakness and fatigue


What causes food poisoning?
Raw or undercooked meat or poultry or fish
Unpasteurized dairy products
Unwashed fruits and vegetables
Foods that should be kept cool but you put outside the fridge.                                                                                                                                                                                    
How is food poisoning diagnosed?
Food poisoning can be diagnosed easily by blood tests and stool tests. And most people recover within a few days at home unless you have severe symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting for more than 3 days, bloody stool, having trouble breathing and swallowing, or persistent fever.


Tips for avoiding food poisoning:
Clean: Wash your hands and work surfaces before, during, and after preparing food.
Separate: Separate raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs from ready-to-eat foods.
Cook: Cook food to the right temperature to kill harmful bacteria.
Chill: Properly chill food.


*REFERENCES:
 Family Doctor        US Army        Patch       CDC