Date PostedFebruary 6, 2013

Food Handling Safety News: Do I have Food Poisoning or The Flu – Learning to tell the difference!

Food poisoning is something that most people experience at some time or the other in their lives and can manifest itself with some nasty symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and fatigue. However sometimes the symptoms you experience can be similar to those of the common flu such as a high fever or the chills, even though food poisoning is related to the stomach.

One way to tell the difference is to lookout for diarrhoea because food poisoning is often accompanied by diarrhoea whereas the flu normally isn’t but the only sure way of telling the difference is to visit your physician and have him/her run diagnostic tests.

The symptoms associated with food poisoning often depend upon the kind of bacteria that infected the food. Clostridium botulinum causes difficulty speaking, swallowing and breathing, while escherichia coli causes nausea, vomiting and a fever that can last up to 10 days. However, food poisoning generally causes stomach-related symptoms such as diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pains and abdominal cramping.

Take the proper precautions to avoid contracting food poisoning and stay fit and healthy because people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to contracting both the flu and foodborne illnesses.


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