Bacterial food poisoning

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Bacterial food poisoning also generally known as foodborne illness it is an illness that it is caused by ingesting a contaminated food.

Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms normally start a few hours to few days following consumption and basing on the agent involved, the symptoms are as follows: Nausea Abdominal pain Vomiting Diarrhea Gastroenteritis Fever Headache or fatigue Permanent health recovery happens in most cases after a period of acute discomfort and illness. However, it can also result to permanent health damage or death to individuals who have poor immune system, like infants, elderly and pregnant women or fetuses. Reactive arthritis results from bacterial food poisoning that occurs one to three weeks afterward. Infections from Vibrio vulnificus that can be found in oysters or crabs can affect individuals who have liver disease susceptibly. Usually food poisoning results form uncooked and unclean food. Symptoms of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease is acquired typically from eating beef from animals that as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or most commonly known as mad cow disease) is different from bacterial food poisoning. It appears after a few years and after the symptoms appear the disease becomes deadly. Food poisoning obtained from reef fish or other animals is referred to as Tetrodotoxin poisoning it rapidly displays trouble in breathing and numbness and often deadly.


Presence of pesticides or medicines in food Improper handling of food Improper storage Improper shipping Improper slaughtering Improper marketing of domestic animals Accidental consumption of naturally toxic substances like mushrooms Some can also come from the skin or nose such as staphylococcus aureus this can cause death

Incubation period

Incubation period is the delay among the consumption of the infected food and the display of the initial symptoms. The period ranges from hours to days and unusually months or years like for the case of Listeriosis or Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease it depends on the agent and the amount consumed. If the symptoms show in 1-6 hours it indicates that it is caused by a chemical or bacterial toxin rather than a live bacteria. The microbes pass into the stomach to the intestine, connected to the cells lining the intestinal walls, and starts to multiply this happens during the incubation period. Several kinds of microbes live in the intestine or several tissues and the symptoms depend on the kind of microbe.

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