Unwanted Bugs in Your Food

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If you think you may have a food poisoning, see your health care provider and contact your local public health unit.

Here are the bugs most likely to cause you food poisoning:

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Campylobacter
  • It is the most common cause of food poisoning.
  • It is found in undercooked poultry, pork, raw milk and unchlorinated drinking water.
  • I causes symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
Salmonella
  • This is also a common bacteria associated with food poisoning.
  • It is found in raw poultry, meats, raw milk, uncooked fruits and vegetables, sprouts and eggs.
  • It causes symptoms of diarrhea, cramping, vomiting and fever.
Listeria
  • This is found in unripen cheeses, cold cuts and unwashed produce.
  • If you are pregnant or have a suppressed immune system, you are most at risk.
  • It causes symptoms of nausea, muscle pain, vomiting and fever. In a few cases, it may lead to brain or blood infection, and even, death.
E.coli
  •  This is found in raw or undercooked beef, unwashed fruit and vegetables, as well as unpasteurized milk and apple cider.
  •  It causes symptoms of cramping, fever and vomiting. In extreme cases, kidney failure may occur.
Norovirus
  • This is highly contagious and also very common.
  • Food gets contaminated with norovirus by infected people.
  • It causes symptoms of nausea, vomiting and fever.

For more information contact CK Public Health at 519.352.7270.

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