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Are there different types of food-borne illness?

A wide variety of pathogens (disease-producing organisms) can be caught from food and drink. The most common food-borne illnesses experienced by travelers include: Traveler's diarrhea (a very common complaint), giardasis, typhoid fever, cholera, poisoning by toxins from molds, mushrooms, or pesticides and infectious hepatitis. Food allergies can also present a problem for travelers.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 17 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Traveler's diarrhea


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