Food Poisoning Dangers

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Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is one of the most uncomfortable illnesses that one can develop. This disease, which typically only lasts for 24 to 48 hours, causes severe digestive system discomfort in its victims. People can get food poisoning through the ingestion of contaminated foods or by coming into contact with someone else that has been infected.

Causes

Food poisoning originates in food and beverage products that have been contaminated with certain types of bacteria, viruses, or parasites. This can happen in a number of ways:

· When food comes into contact with animal feces during the harvesting, processing or packaging stages

· Raw meat and other perishables being left out for an extended period of time

· Food preparers failing to wash their hands or follow sanitation techniques before handling edibles

· Improperly packaged or stored foods

· Undercooking meat

· Not washing produce before eating it

All of these situations open up the possibility of food becoming contaminated with dangerous microorganisms. 

This illness can also be caused by toxic sources, such as dangerous mushrooms, certain poorly prepared foods and the presence of pesticides on fruits and vegetables.

Common Types

There are a number of different strands of food poisoning that may infect a person. Some of the more common viruses and bacteria include the following:

· Noroviruses

· Rotaviruses

· Cholera

· Salmonella

· E. Coli

· Staphylococcus aureus

· Botulism

You likely have heard of most or all of these illnesses, but you may not have knows that they are all forms of food-borne illnesses. To avoid suffering from these unwanted and dangerous conditions, take the time to prepare and store your food properly. If you become sick because a restaurant or manufacturer provided you with contaminated food, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

Symptoms

The symptoms of food-borne illnesses are very painful and generally encompass stomach or intestinal tract discomfort. All strains of this illness cause the same general health effects in their victims:

· Severe stomach cramps

· Diarrhea

· Fever

· Nausea and Vomiting

· Headache

· Weakness

If the above symptoms are particularly bad, or if they remain for several days, then the victim may be at risk of suffering severe dehydration and other dangerous side effects. Medical attention will be necessary for a safe recovery.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about food poisoning, or if you have suffered food poisoning as the result of another party’s negligence, then Austin personal injury lawyer Vic Feazell can help. To learn more, contact him today at http://www.withvic.com/.