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What is food-borne illness?
Food-borne illnesses are illnesses that can be contracted by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.
What are the symptoms of food-borne illness?
The signs and symptoms of food-borne diseases can vary according to the disease in question. They typically (though not always) involve the digestive system and can include: diarrhea (usually explosive, urgent and watery) four to five (or more) …
What causes food-borne illnesses?
Microorganisms of all types can be found on and in food. Some of them can cause illness.
Will food-borne illness clear on its own?
Most cases of food-borne illness resolve themselves - although you are likely to have a few miserable days. Bed rest, drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding infecting others are the most common measures you can take. In more severe cases of …
How is food-borne illness spread?
Most types of food-borne illnesses spread via the oral-fecal route, meaning that infected human waste contaminates food in poor hygiene conditions.
Can food-borne illness be prevented?
You can reduce your chances of contracting food-borne illness by practicing good hygiene measures, such as: taking care to wash your hands when handling food, taking care to eat and use water only from safe sources; taking care when washing or bathing, …
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, …
What increases the chances of developing a food-borne illness while travelling?
Being in a high-risk group (such as children and older people), eating and using water from unsafe sources and individual health conditions all affect your chances of falling ill from food-borne illness.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 23 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Food safety while travelling