Common Causes Of Food Poisoning

At one time or the other, people may have experienced some bouts of food poisoning. Most of the time, the main cause may not always be identified. Some food poisoning may be considered mild that they can just fade away in a day or two. But it is also important to know the common causes of food poisoning to better identify if it is turning serious early. Here are some of the culprits to watch out for.

Cause 1- Norovirus   

The norovirus is also known as the stomach flu. Not only can they cause you to become sick upon eating contaminated food, the norovirus can also spread through contaminated surfaces such as doorknobs. An infection can result into symptoms such as nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting from 12 to 48 hours after getting into contact with contaminated food or surfaces. The symptoms can last from 1 to 3 days.

Cause 2- Salmonella

Salmonella is a group of bacteria that can thrive in undercooked eggs, meat, unpasteurized milk or cheese. Typically, a salmonella infection will not display any symptoms. But some people may also experience fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea within 8 to 72 hours of infection. But while the infection can go away without any treatment in healthy people, there can be some serious complications if the infection spreads beyond the intestines.

Cause 3- Campylobacter

Food poisoning caused by the campylobacter bacterium is considered as the most common bacterial infection among humans. It can be caused by undercooked poultry, unpasteurized meat, and sometimes in contaminated water. It can take from 2 to 5 days to notice any symptoms which can be cramps, some fever and diarrhea. Recovery can take from 2 to 10 days after infection.

 

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