food poisoning is the general description of
two recognized types of illness- a diarrheal type and a vomiting
The symptoms of
diarrheal type food poisoning
mimic those of
food poisoning. The
onset of watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and pain occurs 6-15
hours after consumption of contaminated food. Nausea may accompany
diarrhea, but vomiting (emesis) rarely occurs. Symptoms persist for
24 hours in most instances.
The emetic type of food poisoning is characterized by nausea and
vomiting within 0.5 to 6 hours after consumption of contaminated
foods. Occasionally, abdominal cramps and/or diarrhea may also
occur. Duration of symptoms is generally less than 24 hours. The
symptoms of this type of food poisoning parallel those caused by
A wide variety of foods including meats, milk, vegetables, and
fish have been associated with the diarrheal type food poisoning.
The vomiting-type outbreaks have generally been associated with
rice products. However, other starchy foods such as potato, pasta
and cheese products have also been implicated. Food mixtures such
as sauces, puddings, soups, casseroles, pastries, and salads have
frequently been incriminated in food poisoning outbreaks.
Although no specific complications have been associated with the
diarrheal and vomiting toxins produced by
clinical manifestations of
contamination have been observed. They include bovine mastitis,
severe systemic and pyogenic infections, gangrene, septic
meningitis, cellulitis, panophthalmitis, lung abscesses, infant
death, and endocarditis.
All people are believed to be susceptible to
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