42 N Breiel BlvdMiddletown, OH 45042
M–Th: 9am to 5pmFri: 9am to Noon
Foodborne illnesses result from eating food contaminated with bacteria or other pathogens such as parasites or viruses. Although most foodborne infections are undiagnosed and unreported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that every year about seventy-six million people in the United States become ill from pathogens in food. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with lowered immunity are at the greatest risk for bacterial infections.
Bacteria and foodborne illnesses can cause a variety of symptoms depending on what type of bacteria is involved. Symptoms can range from a mild upset stomach to diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps and dehydration. In most cases of foodborne illness, symptoms resemble intestinal flu and may last a few hours or even several days.
Your doctor may be able to diagnose foodborne illnesses from a list of what you’ve recently eaten and results from certain blood tests and stool cultures. A sample of the suspected food, if available, can also be tested for bacteria and their toxins as well as for viruses and parasites.
Most cases of foodborne illnesses are mild and can be treated with increased fluid and electrolytes to prevent dehydration. The most severe cases may require hospitalization to receive supportive nutritional and medical therapies.
The best treatment for bacteria and foodborne illnesses is prevention. Most cases can be prevented through proper cooking or processing of food, which kills bacteria. It is important to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot to prevent bacteria from multiplying.
Common Sources of Foodborne Illnesses
42 N. Breiel Boulevard
Middletown, OH 45042
Tel: (513) 422-0024
Fax: (513) 422-0232
Monday – Thursday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM to Noon
Patients are seen in the office on Tuesday and Thursday. Procedures are done on Monday and Wednesday.
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