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  1. Botulism - Topic Overview

    What is food-borne botulism? Food-borne botulism is a rare but serious type of food poisoning that can result in paralysis. It is caused by the Clostridium botulinum ( C. botulinum) bacterium. The bacteria produce a nerve toxin that can cause paralysis. Food-borne botulism can be fatal and is considered a medical emergency. What causes food-borne botulism? Food-borne botulism can be caused ...

  2. Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling - Home Treatment

    Most cases of food poisoning will go away in a few days with rest and care at home. The following information will help you recover. Prevent dehydrationDehydration is the most frequent complication of food poisoning. Older persons and children should take

  3. Food Poisoning: Clostridium Perfringens - Topic Overview

    What is C. perfringens food poisoning? C. perfringens food poisoning is caused by infection with the Clostridium perfringens ( C. perfringens ) bacterium. C. perfringens is found frequently in the intestines of humans and many animals and is present in soil and areas contaminated by human or animal feces. What causes C. perfringens food poisoning? In most cases,C. perfringens food ...

  4. Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling - Cause

    Learn about food poisoning caused by eating or drinking food contaminated by harmful organisms, such as bacteria, parasites, and viruses.

  5. Staph Food Poisoning - Topic Overview

    What is staph food poisoning? Staph food poisoning is a type of food poisoning caused by infection with the Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacterium. The bacteria multiply in foods and produce a toxin even at refrigerator temperatures. The toxins may be present in dangerous amounts in foods that have no signs of spoilage, such as a bad smell.What causes staph food poisoning?Most people get ...

  6. Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling - What Increases Your Risk

    People at increased risk of becoming ill with food poisoning and of having more severe symptoms include pregnant women, young children, older adults, and people with an impaired immune system.

  7. Salmonellosis - Topic Overview

    What is salmonellosis? Salmonellosis is a type of food poisoning caused by the salmonella bacterium. There are many different kinds of these bacteria; Salmonella typhimurium and Salmonella enteritidis are the most common types in the United States. Every year, approximately 40, 000 cases of salmonellosis are reported in the U.S.1 Because many milder cases are not diagnosed or reported, the actual

  8. Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling - Medications

    Medications are not used routinely in food poisoning. Antibiotics or other medications are sometimes used for certain types of food poisoning or in severe cases. Botulism usually requires the botulism antitoxin and close medical care. Campylobacteriosis o

  9. Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling - When To Call a Doctor

    For food poisoning, call your doctor immediately if you have severe diarrhea, blurred or double vision, muscle weakness, fatigue, dizziness, or headache.

  10. Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling - Exams and Tests

    Learn about exams and tests used to diagnose food poisoning.

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