Food poisoning is a common illness. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 6 people in the US get sick from bad food or drink. In 2001, they reported about 48 million illnesses, resulting in 128,000 Americans hospitalized, and over 3,000 deaths each year from food poisoning. Food poisoning is also common in the summer because of picnic foods being left out too long in the sun. Before looking at food poisoning cures, we should become familiar with symptoms and causes.
Infectious Agents- viruses, bacteria, and parasites are the most common of these agents
Toxic Agents- poisonous mushrooms, improperly prepared exotic foods (for example, barracuda), pesticides on fruits and vegetables, also poor sanitation in food preparation or poorly packaged or food stored at wrong temperatures can promote contamination.
Salmonella is the most common type of food poisoning. It is seldom fatal; however, it is contagious, quickly leading to multiple cases (outbreak).
Typical symptoms of food poisoning are:
Abdominal pain and cramping
Diarrhea quickly developing within 48 hours of eating or drinking contaminated food or beverages.
If food poisoning is not treated early, further complications can become very serious and life-threatening:
Nervous system damage