FOOD BORNE ILLNESSES – IT’S IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY AT-RISK GROUPS.
The food supply in the United States is among the safest in the world. However, when certain disease-causing bacteria or pathogens contaminate food, they can cause foodborne illness, often called "food poisoning." The Federal government estimates that there are about 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually — the equivalent of sickening 1 in 6 Americans each year. And each year, these illnesses result in an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Although everyone is susceptible, some people are at greater risk for developing foodborne illness.
Foodborne Illness: Know the Symptoms
Symptoms of foodborne illness usually appear 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food, but may occur between 30 minutes and 4 weeks later. Symptoms include:
· Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (may be bloody), and abdominal pain
· Flulike symptoms such as fever, headache, and body ache