People at increased risk of becoming ill with food poisoning and of having more severe symptoms include:
- Pregnant women.
- Young children.
- Older adults.
- People with an impaired immune system, such as people who have diabetes.
Things that increase your risk for getting food poisoning include:
- Eating or drinking unpasteurized juices, raw sprouts, unpasteurized milk, and milk products made from unpasteurized milk, such as certain soft cheeses.
- Eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs, fish, and shellfish (clams, oysters, scallops, and mussels).
- Eating or drinking food that has been contaminated through careless food processing or handling.
- Traveling to a developing country.