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How are outbreaks of food borne disease detected?

How are outbreaks of food borne disease detected?

Health Department: Usually suspected outbreaks of foodborne illness are reported to the local health department who can then carry out an investigation. Sometimes health care providers make the report, sometimes the general public does. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Foodborne Illness (Definition)

Foodborne illness is a condition in which a person got sick after eating or drinking contaminated food or drink. There are many types of foodborne illness, such as hepatitis A from shellfish, E. coli from undercooked burger patties, Listeria from dairy products, salmonella from eggs, botulism from ...Read more


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What are food borne disease outbreaks and why do they occur?

What are food borne disease outbreaks and why do they occur?

Food borne disease: Food can spoil (the warmed potato salad at a picnic is classic), can become bacterially toxic (due to inadequate canning practices) or carry bacteria from the fingers of food preparers in restaurants, or improperly cleaned fresh vegetables picked by infected field workers. Use caution although we have to rely upon government diligence to prevent some of these causes. ...Read more

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What is the definition of food borne disease?

What is the definition of food borne disease?

Food poisoning: Food poisoning is illness related to ingestion of food/liquids that may be contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or toxins. Symptoms of food poisoning may include nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain/ cramping, fever and diarrhea. ...Read more

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How many cases of food borne disease are there in the united states?

How many cases of food borne disease are there in the united states?

48 millions: Cdc estimates that 1 in 6 americans or 48 million people, 128, 000 get hospitalized, and 3, 000 die of food borne diseases every year. ...Read more

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Is e.Coli a food-borne disease that gets in the body and produces toxins as they grow in your body?

Is e.Coli a food-borne disease that gets in the body and produces toxins as they grow in your body?

No, from gut.: E. Coli is an enteric bacteria, that is, it is found in your gut. It is also in the gut of many animals, so when meat is processed, it likely gets introduced through fecal contamination. Especially bad are the enteroinvasive kinds, like e. Coli o157:h7, that produce a dysentery syndrome, bacteremia, and sepsis. Often this is in contaminated meat, and uncooked meat, so cook meat thoroughly. ...Read more

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What bacteria cause food poisoning and food-borne disease?

What bacteria cause food poisoning and food-borne disease?

SSCE: Salmonella, shigella, campylobacter and e coli are the bacteria most often associated with food poisoning and food borne disease. Listeria and clostridium can also cause food borne illnesses as well ...Read more

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A foodborne illness is a disease that is transmitted to people by food and water, right? So what if I drink shots of tequila with meals?

A foodborne illness is a disease that is transmitted to people by food and water, right? So what if I drink shots of tequila with meals?

You get drunk: While alcohol is a disinfectant and does kill germs and while there is some evidence that drinking alcohol with raw oysters lessens one's risk of getting disease, i wouldn't count on it as a method to avoid food-poisoning. You'd have to drink so much to kill bacteria that you'd be drunk and lot's of food poisoning involves a toxin from bacteria which isn't killed by heat or alcohol! ...Read more

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What kinds of food are most likely to cause foodborne illness?

What kinds of food are most likely to cause foodborne illness?

All kinds: Cooking kills many micro-organisms that cause disease so in general cooked foods are safer than raw. But cooking doesn't destroy the toxins behind some food poisoning so even that isn't 100% protection. Animals harbor many disease-causing bacteria in their waste so non-animal food products are in general safer but many farms have animals around their veggie gardens so nothing is 100% safe! ...Read more

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A foodborne illness is a disease that is transmitted to people from big commercial farms, right?

No: Foodborne illness is a disease that is transmitted to people from their food and unfortunately most of these diseases are caused by either improper food preparation or storage, so we consumers are the most to blame not big commercial farms. Wash produce, clean your kitchen and hands, don't mix raw animal and vegetable products, cook according to directions and store in refrigerator! ...Read more

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All summer long I eat only food from local farmers market. If I go out of town and eat at even nice restaturants I get symptoms. Is that foodborne illness?

What symptoms? : Depends on what your symptoms are. It could be travel related but not necessarily food borne or illness. If your diet changes when you travel, you may be exposed to something to which you are intolerant like gluten or lactose? Perhaps you have allergies? Stress or lack of sleep from travel and commitments? Exposure to contagious illness e.g. On airplanes? Many possibilities. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more