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how can you tell the difference between food poisoning and a virus?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
It's generally moot: Staph food poisoning is very severe, very sudden, and very brief. Other food poisoning outbreaks will affect multiple eaters almost identically. The gastrointestinal viruses run in small outbreaks in particular seasons. The two entities are seldom distinguished s they are self-limited. Salmonella and shigella might be cultured from the stool -- infections, not poisoning.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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Jan 20, 2012

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can you tell if a person on long trip got a virus or if it is food poisoning?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Not with certainty: Viruses tend to be very short lived and mild infections in the GI tract. Food poisoning can vary in the length and severity of the process depending on the bug, how much was ingested and the integrity of the person's immune system. As a rule, these infections tend to be a bit nastier and last longer on average.
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How do I know if I have food poisoning or virus?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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A virus could cause food poisoning.: Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria (E.coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigells, Staphylococcus Aureus, C. botulinum, Clostridium perfingens, V. cholerae, C. jenui.) or viruses ((Norovirus, Rotovirus and Hepatitis A).

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