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Bugs that make you sick - Salmonellosis and Campylobacteriosis

 

Cause : Salmonella species and Campylobacter jejuní . Bacteria widespread in nature; live and grow in intestinal tracts of humans and animals.

Examples of foods involved : Raw or undercooked poultry, meat and eggs. Unpasteurized dairy products. Contaminated raw fruits and vegetables.

Transmission : Eating contaminated food, or contact with infected persons or carriers of the infection. Also transmitted by insects, rodents, farm animals, and pets.

Symptoms : Diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and vomiting. Infants, elderly people, and immunocompromised persons are most susceptible. Severe infections cause high fever and may even cause death. In a small number of cases, can lead to arthritis and Gullian-Barre syndrome ( Campylobacter ), an autoimmune disorder.

Onset : 1-5 days.

Duration : 2-7 days.

Prevention : Cook foods thoroughly. The bacteria are destroyed by heating the food to 140°F (60°C) for 10 minutes or to higher temperatures for less time - for instance, 160°F (71.1°C) for a few seconds. Chill foods rapidly in small quantities. Refrigerate at 40°F (4.4°C). Wash hands, work surfaces and equipment after touching raw meat or poultry.

 

 

Bugs that make you sick:

Bacteria
Virus
Parasite
   

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