Common Causes of Foodborne Illness

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Common Causes of Foodborne Illness

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Thousands of people will come down with some type of food-related illness each year, and while many of these cases are mild, some of them turn serious. You’ve probably encountered a stomachache or GI distress after eating out at a new restaurant, and whether or not these have ever turned severe or life-threatening, it’s a good idea to pay close attention to your food. Both the packaged consumer foods and restaurant industries follow rules regarding food safety, and yet sometimes contamination happens and people get sick. If you are ill, or have recently been seriously sick from a potential foodborne source, it’s important that you seek proper medical care, and reach out to a qualified food poisoning attorney in Atlanta.

There are dozens of different factors that can make someone sick after eating or drinking something. Some of the more common sources of foodborne illness are bacteria and viruses, and these can be present in a huge variety of foods such as raw meats or seafood, fresh produce, contaminated water, and others. Here are a handful of common causes of food poisoning:

  1. Salmonella

Many people have heard of this type of bacteria, or have known someone diagnosed with salmonellosis. Symptoms include stomach and intestinal inflammation, severe diarrhea, and/or vomiting. Salmonella bacteria are often found in raw eggs, chicken, and milk, but can be found in water and on vegetables too.

  1. E. coli

There are many types of E. coli bacteria, some of which are harmless. However, when a dangerous strain of this bacteria makes its way into your gut, it can cause severe nausea, vomiting, watery stool, bloody diarrhea, and more. It is often found in undercooked beef or other raw meats, as well as in nuts, fresh produce, and even in packaged foods like cookie dough.

  1. Campylobacter

This underestimated bacteria is one of the top causes of gastroenteritis in the United States and Europe. Infections with this agent often come after eating undercooked or or contaminated poultry products, and can leave victims with symptoms such as high fever, joint pain, and progressive muscle weakness, in addition to GI upset.

  1. Enteric viruses

Viruses such as norovirus and hepatitis A have been steadily causing more cases of foodborne illness each year. These viruses can result in symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, severe fatigue, and jaundice, and are typically spread through poor sanitation and food-handling practices.

There are dozens more sources of food poisoning, but these are just a few that you may encounter. If you suspect a recent foodborne illness, please reach out to us at the law office of Jonathan R. Brockman as soon as possible. Request your free case evaluation to get started.

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