Food Poisoning – Causes and Symptoms

While viruses cause many gastrointestinal infections, bacterial infections are also common. Some people call this infection “food poisoning.”

Bacterial gastroenteritis can result from poor hygiene. Infection can also occur after close contact with animals or consuming food or water contaminated with bacteria (or the toxic substances bacteria produce).

Causes Of Food Poisoning-

Numerous bacteria can cause gastroenteritis, including:

Yeirsinia, found in pork

Staphylococcus, found in dairy products, meat, and eggs

Shigella, found in water (often swimming pools)

Salmonella, found in meat, dairy products, and eggs

Campylobacter, found in meat and poultry

E. Coli, found in ground beef and salads

Bacterial gastroenteritis outbreaks can happen when restaurants serve contaminated food to many people.

Symptoms of Food Poisoning-

Bacterial gastroenteritis symptoms vary depending on the bacteria causing your infection. The symptoms may include:

Loss of appetite

Nausea and vomiting

Diarrhea

Abdominal pains and cramps

Blood in patients stool

Fever

Call your doctor if your symptoms don’t improve after five days (two days for children). If a child older than three months continues to vomit after 12 hours, call a doctor. If a baby younger than three months has diarrhea or vomiting, call your doctor.

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