We need your help to locate cases and causes of foodborne illness in our area! Please complete our short questionnaire below if you believe that you have become ill due to something you ate or drank. You may be contacted for follow-up information if needed. (Please note that not all submissions will be contacted.)
What is foodborne illness?
- Foodborne illness is caused by consuming foods or beverages contaminated with illness-causing bacteria, viruses, parasites, or toxins.
- Other illnesses are poisonings, caused by harmful toxins or chemicals that have contaminated food – for example, poisonous mushrooms.
- These different illnesses have many different symptoms. There is no one “syndrome” (a group of symptoms that collectively characterize a disease) that is foodborne illness.
- The microbe or toxin enters the body through the gastrointestinal tract and often causes the first symptoms there. Nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea are common symptoms in many foodborne illnesses.
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