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How Are Outbreaks Of Food Borne Disease Detected
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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