Foodborne Illness

Foodborne illness results from eating food contaminated with bacteria (or their toxins) or other pathogens (germs) such as parasites or viruses. These illnesses range from an upset stomach to more serious conditions, including diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and dehydration.

Although most foodborne infections are not diagnosed and usually not reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every year about 70 million people in the United States become ill from pathogens in food.
recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling
Viral Gastroenteritis
Preventing Foodborne Illness
Campylobacteriosis
E. Coli Infection
Giardiasis
Hepatitis A
Listeriosis
Noroviruses
Salmonella Food Poisoning
Shigellosis
Staphylococcal Food Poisoning
Toxoplasmosis During Pregnancy
Traveler’s Diarrhea
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Antibody Test for Hepatitis A
Antigen Tests for Giardiasis
Complete Blood Count
Hepatitis Virus Tests
Liver Tests for Hepatitis A
Stool Analysis
Stool Analysis for Giardiasis (OVA or Parasite Test)
Stool Culture
Toxoplasmosis Test

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z .

RELATED TOPICS
Abdominal Pain, Age 11 and Younger
Abdominal Pain, Age 12 and Older
Dehydration
Diarrhea, Age 11 and Younger
Diarrhea, Age 12 and Older
Exposure to Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Nausea and Vomiting, Age 4 and Older
Vomiting, Age 3 and Younger
Travel Health
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just "click on" your medications to learn what they are used for, how to take them, special precautions, and some of the possible side effects. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

Bad Bug Book
Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
FoodSafety.gov
MEDLINEplus—Food Safety
Partnership for Food Safety Education
Safe Tables Our Priority (S.T.O.P.)

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

Learn more about surfing the web:

INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL
Diarrea - [Diarrhea]
Diarrea y vómitos en niños - [Diarrhea and Vomiting in Children]
Gastroenteritis e intoxicación por alimentos - [Stomach Flu and Food Poisoning]
Hepatitis - [Hepatitis]

Last modified on: 30 June 2015

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