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  1. Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling - Topic Overview

    Food poisoning is an illness that results when you eat foods contaminated by harmful organisms, such as bacteria, parasites, or viruses.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 ...

  4. Food Poisoning Prevention

    The experts at WebMD offer tips to help prevent food poisoning.

  5. Food Poisoning

    From E. coli and listeria to salmonella and botulism, learn about food poisoning and how to recognize, treat, and prevent it.

  6. Lead Poisoning: Nutrition and Food Preparation - Topic Overview

    Good nutrition may help prevent lead poisoning. Children absorb more lead than adults do,but both children and adults are likely to absorb more lead if they are fasting or do not get enough iron,calcium,phosphorus,zinc,or vitamin C in their diets. People who eat high-fat diets also absorb more lead. However,if the environment is highly contaminated with lead,nutrition alone will not ...

  7. Lead Poisoning: Reducing Lead in Your Home - Topic Overview

    If you think your home may have lead hazards,get your home tested by a qualified person. If your home is contaminated,hire an experienced company to get rid of the lead. Do not try to get rid of it yourself. Disturbing lead paint without proper training or experience can make things worse. Expert workers can stabilize or remove and dispose of lead-contaminated materials,including dust. ...

  8. Lead Poisoning: Contaminated Drinking Water - Topic Overview

    If you suspect that your drinking water is contaminated with lead,ask experts from your local or state health department to test the water in your home. Don't cook with,drink,or make baby formula with water from the hot water tap. Hot water pulls more lead out of pipes than cold water does. Let cold water run for a few minutes in the morning before using it for drinking or cooking. Don't ...

  9. E. Coli Infection From Food or Water: Blood and Kidney Problems - Topic Overview

    Severe problems affecting the blood and kidneys may develop in a small number of people (about 8%) infected with E. coli O157:H7 who get sick enough to go to the hospital. 1 These problems include anemia,a low number of platelets in the blood,the formation of small blood clots,and kidney (renal) failure. Sometimes brain and spinal cord ( central nervous system ) complications also develop. ...

  10. Toxoplasmosis Test

    A toxoplasmosis is a blood test that checks for antibodies to the Toxoplasma gondiiparasite. Your body's natural defense system (immune system) will make these antibodies only if you have been infected by this tiny parasite.

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