Food poison isn’t an issue that should be joked; it could cause serious illness or even lead to death. In America alone, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 76 million people fall ill each year from the food they eat. This goes on to show the importance of knowing about food poison and its dangers.
Below are six food poison dangers you should know.
Campylobacter is a bacterium that’s usually transmitted through ingestion of contaminated water, food or unpasteurized milk, or contact with infected pets or animals. This bacterium causes diarrhoea, and its symptoms include fever, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain and malaise.
2. HEPATITIS A
Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the liver, and it could be contracted when an infected doesn’t wash his or her hand properly after using the toilet and then prepares food. Hepatitis A is spread when a person eats food or drinks water that has come in contact with infected stool. Weight loss, fever, nausea, fatigue and jaundice are some of its symptoms.
This bacterium can damage any food, especially animal products, mainly because of contact with animal faeces. In chickens, it could infect eggs even before it fully forms. Its symptoms include fever, diarrhoea and stomach cramps.
This bacteria can contaminate raw fruits and vegetables and as well as processed foods and dairy products such as milk and yoghurt. Surprisingly, listeria can even live at cooler temperatures, so your refrigerator isn’t enough to kill them.
People with weak immune system like children and elderly people stand a higher risk of being infected. Its symptoms include fever, diarrhoea, muscle and stomach aches.
Surprising right? But true. You can also get a staph infection from the food you eat. This is highly possible if an infected person prepares the food. Foods like salads and sandwiches stand at a high risk. The symptoms of this deadline infection come rather too quickly, and it includes diarrhea and vomiting.
This illness is linked to improperly canned or preserved foods; though it’s said to be rare. Smoked and salted fish also stand a risk of this. Its symptoms include difficulty in breathing and swallowing, vomiting and weakness or even paralysis.