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Food Poisoning
2007-12-07 16:36:00

Food poisoning is defined as an illness caused by the consumption of food or water contaminated with bacteria or their toxins, parasites, viruses, or chemicals.


Symptoms: abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and headache; more serious cases can result in life-threatening neurologic, hepatic, and renal syndromes leading to permanent disability or death.


Most of the illnesses are mild and improve without any specific treatment. Some patients have severe disease and require hospitalization, aggressive hydration, and antibiotic treatment.

 

Tips:


 ·Stop eating suspicious food. Drink plenty of water to dilute the toxins. Put a finger or a chopstick into the depth of your throat to cause vomiting, and then consult the doctor immediately. Take samples of your vomit and/or excrement for examination.    
 ·Check whether or not other individuals sharing the meal with the patient have abnormal symptoms, and inform them and the doctors.

 

Suggestions:


 ·Do not eat meat of livestock died of illness.
 ·Do not eat food that is expired, or rotten.
 ·Do not pluck, purchase, manufacture or eat food from unidentifiable sources, meat of livestock or aquatic products that died from unclear causes, or any unknown wild fungi, vegetables or fruits.
 ·Cooked and uncooked food should be manufactured and stored separately. Do not eat uncooked seafood, riverfood, and meat. Leftovers should be cooked again before being eaten.
 ·Keep your water reserve from contamination, and make sure they are safe to drink.
 ·Appropriately place poisonous items, such as fertilizers, pesticides, raticides, and disinfectors. They should not be stored near food manufacturing sites.

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