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Avoiding food-borne illness

Protect yourself from food poisoning

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September 25th, 2015
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Food-borne illness—commonly known as food poisoning—can result from the presence of bacteria, parasites, or viruses on food or food preparation surfaces.

Food-borne pathogens usually cause gastroenteritis, which is irritation and inflammation of your stomach and intestines. Symptoms can be mild or severe and include fever, nausea, vomiting, cramping, and abdominal pain. This unpleasantness may last days or weeks. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 76 million people in the U.S. get gastroenteritis from contaminated food each year. 

“If you have gastroenteritis, the most important thing to remember is to stay well-hydrated,” says Austin Welsh, M.D., medical director at



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