Most of us know the more common food safety threats like norovirus, salmonella and E. coli. However, in this big world, there are many more sicknesses that can be caused by our food. A Kansas State University food safety specialist says that the public needs to learn the distinct symptoms for food poisoning and inform of our doctors to help improve food safety.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 19056 cases of food poising were reported in 2013 around Manhattan. This figure is not an accurate portrayal, however, since many people do not realise that their discomfort is caused by contaminated food. Symptoms of foodborne illnesses are similar to other illnesses, such as vomiting, diarrhea, headache and fever, but there are some distinct symptoms of foodborne illness. Specific symptoms to foodborne illnesses are double vision, diszziness, lethargy and dehydration.
In order to be considered as an outbreak, at least two people with similar symptoms need to be reported. However, there is another difficulty in pinpointing these foodboune illnesses. Some of the symptoms do not appear for a couple of weeks after the consumption of the contaminated food, which proves difficult to prove the cause.
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