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how to tell the difference between a stomach virus and food poisoning?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
There are a number: of potential causative agents for food poisoning including viruses (Norovirus, Rotovirus and Hepatitis A). Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria (E.coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigella, Staphylococcus Aureus, C. botulinum, Clostridium perfingens, V. cholerae, C. jenui.), & toxins in food. Ciguatera in tropical fish that have eaten toxic plankton, Shellfish fed on toxic algae, Scromboid
Answered on Nov 15, 2015
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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in poorly refrigerated dark meat fish,Puffer fish. Some mushrooms such as Amanita phalloides.) Parasites can also cause food poisoning.
Nov 15, 2015

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