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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?

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

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How long will food poisoning with bacterial in it take to go? I've had it for 5 days now

How long will food poisoning with bacterial in it take to go? I've had it for 5 days now

Food poisoning: Food poisoning is self limited and should resolve within 5 days. Continued solid food consumption can prolong try clear liquids only for 24 hours and if it does not rsolve see you dr. ...Read more

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What home foods could cause food poisoning?

What home foods could cause food poisoning?

Any: Any food if infected can cause food poisoning. If by home food you mean foods that you prepare and store or can yourself there's even greater possibility of this if you aren't using a preservative. Meats and dairy products are more often the culprit but starches, fruits and veges can also harbor pathogenic bacteria. ...Read more

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Could microwaving cooked food cause food poisoning?

Could microwaving cooked food cause food poisoning?

Not likely: It's more likely to prevent it, as microwaves can heat up food to a point such that harmful bacteria or their toxins are inactivated/killed. There is a rare chance if you are using non-microwave safe dishes, that microwaving could lead to toxic substances leaching into your food which could cause gastrointestinal upset/food poisoning. ...Read more

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Are restaurants cause of more food poisoning or homes?

Are restaurants cause of more food poisoning or homes?

Homes: The number of homes versus restaurants and the lack of knowledge of how to correctly prepare and store food would greatly outweight the number of food poisoning in homes. ...Read more

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What are the causes of food poisoning and how to get over it?

Many causes: There are many causes of food poisoning and treatment depends on the cause. The causes include preformed bacterial toxins like staphylococcal toxin, botulinus; chemicals; infections like salmonella and shigella and intolerances to food stuffs. ...Read more

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Can cottage cheese cause food poisoning?

Can cottage cheese cause food poisoning?

Yes if spoiled: Any food could cause food poisoning if spoiled or contaminated with microbes. Bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungus can all cause food poisoning. ...Read more

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Is food poisoning the leading cause of hepatitis a?

Is food poisoning the leading cause of hepatitis a?

Hepatits A: Hepatitis a is an infection caused by hep a virus thta is trnasmited through unsafe handwashing of an infected person. It is transmitted by the feco-oral route. Food poisoning can be caused by viruses and bacteria and can be from their toxins or the bacteria itself. Hep a can cause vomitng and fever just like any food poisoning but as htey say all that glitters is not gold. ...Read more

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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


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Nutrition (Definition)

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