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How do bacteria cause food poisoning?

How do bacteria cause food poisoning?

Uninvited guests: Some bacteria when present in eaten food will result in irritation to the intestinal tract. This irritation then results in abdominal pain, cramping and diarrhea. ...Read more

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...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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Are most bacterias that cause food poisoning orodless colorless and tasteless?

Are most bacterias that cause food poisoning orodless colorless and tasteless?

Food poisoning: Many organisms that create food poisoning do so by producing toxins and may not be present in sufficient numbers to alter the taste or appearance of the food. Some, which create disease by direct multiplication in the gut, also do so in numbers that will make their detection nearly impossible. If allowed to progress in growth, changes will occur that may cause you to avoid eating them. ...Read more

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Is food poisoning normally caused by bacteria?

Is food poisoning normally caused by bacteria?

Bugs and toxins: Bacteria and preformed bacterial toxins such as staphylococcus toxin and botulinum toxin. Bacteria are the commonest cause. ...Read more

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What are the main types of bacteria that cause food poisoning?

What are the main types of bacteria that cause food poisoning?

Many : Depending on the type of food and preparation, list is too long for here but will list the majors : staph aureas, bacillus cereus, salmonella, vibrio, e coli, campylobacter , listeria. ...Read more

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Does bacteria that causes food poisoning make food look, taste, and smell unpleasant?

Not necessarily: Quite often the food does not look, smell or taste spoilt but still carries agents of food poisoning, including bugs, toxins and chemicals. ...Read more

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Can bacterial food poisoning cause a red blotchy rash that doesnt clear up, even with benadryl (diphenhydramine). What is the rash...what do I do?

Can bacterial food poisoning cause a red blotchy rash that doesnt clear up, even with benadryl (diphenhydramine).  What is the rash...what do I do?

Other considerations: I agree that this could be related to an infection. If the rash is associated with any respiratory or swallowing difficulty this may be a severe allergic reaction. Your physician should be notified if this does not improve or is associated with other symptoms. Food poisoning tends to improve rapidly but may cause dehydration. Allergic reactions may last days or longer. ...Read more

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What happens to most food poisoning bacteria at temperatures below 5 degrees centigrade?

What happens to most food poisoning bacteria at temperatures below 5 degrees centigrade?

Not killed: 5 c equals. 41f. This is still in the danger zone for food bacteria.. They are not killed at this temperature. ...Read more

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Does eating smaller meals lower risk of food poisoning because you are less likely to consume a large number of bacteria?

Does eating smaller meals lower risk of food poisoning because you are less likely to consume a large number of bacteria?

NO: Even a small amt of food with the wrong bacterial can cause problems. It is not the quantity of bacterial but the type that cause the problems. ...Read more

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Can you have antibodies against food poisoning bacteria and so not get sick after eating them?

Can you have antibodies against food poisoning bacteria and so not get sick after eating them?

Unclear question: There are some gastrointestinal diseases to which you form antibodies which may protect you from infection, but the wide assortment of potential causes of "food poisoning" makes it virtually impossible to protect from it at this time. Perhaps in the 22nd century. ...Read more

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


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more