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Doctor insights on: Bacillus Cereus Food Poisoning

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Left packet of rice open for 3 hours. Heard about raw rice containing Bacillus cereus and multiplying when cooked. Food poisoning risk?

Left packet of rice open for 3 hours. Heard about raw rice containing  Bacillus cereus and multiplying when cooked. Food poisoning risk?

Possible: Fried rice is an important cause of emetic-type food poisoning associated with B. cereus in the United States. The organism is frequently present in uncooked rice, and heat-resistant spores may survive cooking. Cooked rice subsequently at room temperature can allow vegetative forms to multiply, and the heat-stable toxin that is produced can survive brief heating such as stir frying. ...Read more

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Poisoning (Definition)

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Doctors, what is the difference between bacillus cereus, bacillus subtilis, and bacillus licheniformis?

Different species: These are different species in the genus bacillus. Anthrax bacillus is also in the same genus. You may Google each term to learn about their characteristics. ...Read more

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What infectious disease could a patient have if bacillus cereus are present?

What infectious disease could a patient have if bacillus cereus are present?

Food poisoning: Bacillus cereus causes food poisoning. It often presents with the "fried rice syndrome": a bout of vomiting after eating improperly cooked, refrigerated, or reheated rice. It can also cause diarrhea. It gets better on its own. ...Read more

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The routes of bacillus cereus?

The routes of bacillus cereus?

Bacillus cereus: Bacillus cereus or b. Cereus is a type of bacteria that produces toxins. These toxins can cause two types of illness: one type characterized by diarrhea and the other, called emetic toxin, by nausea and vomiting. It comes from contaminated food that is undercooked and generally lasts a day. ...Read more

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How does food poisoning spread?

How does food poisoning spread?

By what you eat: Food poisoning doesn't spread from person to person. Rather, bacteria or virus is eaten which causes a reaction in your body. Everyone who eats the same food has similar reaction i.e. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea , abdominal pain, etc. ...Read more

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How can I treat food poisoning?

Symptomatically: For the most part. Although some causes of foodborne gastroenteritis should not be treated with anti-diarrheal meds despite diarrhea because shigella and e. Coli o157 can be made worse. Remember some foodborne diseases are not specifically gastrointestinal such as botulism and amnestied shellfish poisoning and scombroid fish poisoning. ...Read more

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How do you treat food poisoning?

How do you treat food poisoning?

Fluids, maybe meds: Supportive care, fluids, brat diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, tea), maybe meds. Not always antibiotics; be careful using antidiarrheals-can retain the germ. Probiotics can be helpful. Contact md if prolonged, fever, bleeding, can't keep things down or in. ...Read more

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What to do about food poisoning?

What to do about food poisoning?

FOOD POISONING: Avoid uncooked food and tapwater.Well cooked kills bacteria and spores.Take extra precautions while traveling to underdeveloped regions in the world. ...Read more

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How can you fight food poisoning?

How can you fight food poisoning?

Be cautious : Of where st what you eat. When you eat out make sure your trust the food preparation and staff hygiene. Avoid ordering raw or under cooked foods. At home wash your produce well. Don't use the same cutting boards for meats as you do veggies. Wash your cutlery well. Cook your food thoroughly. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for food poisoning?

Who is at risk for food poisoning?

Everyone: Food poisoning can affect anyone. However, the very young and old are at higher risk, as are anyone with a compromised immune system. ...Read more

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How can you contract food poisoning?

How can you contract food poisoning?

Eating bad food: Food poisoning can come from eating food contaminated with bacteria usually. The most likely culprits are foods that have set out too long. Be especially careful with foods that contain mayonnaise on a buffet or family picnic that have set out awhile. Always remember to wash your fresh foods before you eat them. This will lessen the chance that you will contract a food borne illness. ...Read more

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What can be done for food poisoning?

What can be done for food poisoning?

Depends on the type : Of "poison". The preventive issues and clinical features and treatments vary depending on if the food poisoning is due to live micro-organisms, bacterial toxins, or chemical poisons. See this site for more information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002618/. ...Read more

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Can you get food poisoning from chili?

Can you get food poisoning from chili?

Yes: Food poisoning can come from any food item. All it takes is enough bacteria to accumulate in the food so that when we eat it our bodies become ill. Generally our bodies will recover in a short period - days to weeks. (but, those can be some pretty miserable days!) use care when storing food or eating/reheating leftovers. ...Read more

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I have food poisoning What can I take ?

Depends...: The treatment for food poisoning really depends on the type of food poisoning and the symptoms you are having. In general, keeping hydrated is important. If you are having a lot of nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, drinking a sports drink will help keep your electrolytes normal. If your symptoms are severe or persistent, see a doctor ASAP. Good luck!! ...Read more

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How can you tell if it's food poisoning?

How can you tell if it's food poisoning?

If you eat something: And then in a short while later get ill - that is likely food poisoning. In most cases it is limited. If you contrinue to vomit go see a doctor. You can get very dehydrated and also yoru electrolytes can become imbalancede. ...Read more

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How simple is it to catch food poisoning?

How simple is it to catch food poisoning?

Unfortunately : Very easy as one in six Americans will suffer from some form of food poisoning this year ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in food poisoning?

What symptoms are common in food poisoning?

GI symptoms: Mostly you can get GI symptoms including nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps/pain as well as fever. Many different organisms can cause food poisoning and so there are other possible symptoms depending on the illness. Stay hydrated and if you have any worrisome symptoms, or you're not improving, see you doctor. ...Read more

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