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Is food poisoning contagious?

Is food poisoning contagious?

No: By definition a contagious illness is one where a type of infection you are experiencing or carrying is transmitted to another. Getting food poisoning requires that food was ingested and was the cause of the illness. Not something transmitted from one to another. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Food Poisoning (Definition)

Food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness, is an illness coming from food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins, or other substances. Anyone can be at risk, but pregnant women, older adults, and people with chronic ...Read more


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How can I differentiate between food poisoning and contagious disease?

How can I differentiate between food poisoning and contagious disease?

Similar: Food poisoning is due to infection found in the food eaten. It is usually bacteria and the response is fairly soon after ingesting the food. Contagious gastrointestinal disorders are usually viral and usually occur 1-2 days after the exposure. Food poisoning is more commonly nausea and vomitting, viral infections are more diarrhea. But you can experience both with either. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between food poisoning and stomach bug? only vomited once after eating bad meat, not sure if contagious.

How to tell the difference between food poisoning and stomach bug? only vomited once after eating bad meat, not sure if contagious.

Diarrhea: Usually if you have a stomach bug or gastroenteritis you will also have diarrhea. Especially if you have bloody stool that is an indication of a gut infection. However, if you have vomiting alone and quick improvement that is more likely "food poisoning" or bacterial toxins in your food. I would throw out the bad meat and make sure to wash your hands well since gut infections are very contagious. ...Read more

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What are the causes of food poisoning?

What are the causes of food poisoning?

Poor hand hygiene: The biggest offender is poor hand hygiene. Other major ones: 2. Violating regulations in the safe handling and storage of food 3. Food handlers allowed to work while having a contagious illness 4. Breakdown in following regulations in the production and distribution of food products this results in the production of toxins or overgrowth of microbes that makes you sick. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to get food poisoning?

Can you tell me how to get food poisoning?

Where to begin...: Some examples.... 1. The biggest offender is poor hand hygiene. Other major ones: 2. Unsafe handling and storage of food 3. Handling food while having a contagious illness 4. Breakdown in following regulations in the production and distribution of food products, ending up on your table 5. Using contaminated food in your recipes (e.g. bloated cans of vegetables, unpasteurized honey, others ...Read more

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What is staphylococcus food poisoning?

Bact toxin illness: Ingesting preformed toxin produced by staphylococcus, not detroyed by cooking; tasteless. Likely foods are creamy, mayonnaise type, e.g. Potato salad, cole slaw. Onset of symptoms in 1-8 hours. Feverish, lots of vomiting, cramps, may have diarrhea as well. Feels awful, lasts 24-48 hrs. Rx fluids, avoid dehydration, anti spasm meds may be needed. Not contagious. Wash your hands preparing food. ...Read more

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I'm 90% sure that I have food poisoning, and I have to go to a baby shower today. What can I do?

I'm 90% sure that I have food poisoning, and I have to go to a baby shower today.  What can I do?

Probably not: It may or may not be food poisoning. It could be something contagious and therefore someone coming in contact with you may catch your illness. The better and safer way is to not go for the sake of others. ...Read more

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Do I have food poisoning or am I just sick like with flu?

Symptoms?: The flu usually causes fever - food poisoning doesn't. Flu causes muscle aches and headache. Food poisoning doesn't but causes nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. The flu is contagious in the air - other friends/family sick? Food poisoning is clustered around a meal - other people who ate what you ate sick? Food poisoning usually passes in 24-48 hours. Flu may last a week. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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