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  1. 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

  2. Food Poisoning: Toxoplasmosis - Topic Overview

    What is toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis is infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. In the United States,more than 60 million people probably are infected with the parasite,but very few have symptoms because the immune system is usually able to fight the disease. 1 Toxoplasmosis is dangerous to a pregnant woman and her fetus. For more information,see the topic Toxoplasmosis During ...

  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 During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    A balanced,nutritious diet during your pregnancy is important to maintain your health and nourish your fetus. When making your food choices,you generally are able to eat the foods you usually eat. But because some types of food poisoning pose a greater risk to you and your fetus,you should take a few extra precautions when you choose and prepare your foods. Listeriosis Listeriosis is caused ...

  5. Food Poisoning: Vibrio Vulnificus - Topic Overview

    What is Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning? Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning is caused by Vibrio vulnificus,a bacterium that lives in warm seawater. The condition is rare. What causes Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning? Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning occurs when you eat seafood infected with the bacteria or you have an open wound that is exposed to them. The bacteria are frequently found in ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  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. 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. ...

  10. 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 ...

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