What is Food Poisoning?
What Are the Symptoms of Food Poisoning?
Symptoms of food poisoning can take up to 48 hours to develop. Since the symptoms are mild at first, most people don’t realize that they have food poisoning until they begin to show more intense signs of infection. If you or someone you know has eaten contaminated food and begins experiencing symptoms of foodborne illness, seek medical attention immediately.
Causes of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is usually caused by food contaminated with bacteria (such as Staphylococcus or Salmonella) or viruses. Food can also become infected if someone who was recently sick handles it. If the food isn’t cooked thoroughly, the bacteria will spread quickly throughout your body and cause symptoms of food poisoning to occur.
Who Is at Greater Risk of Food Poisoning?
The people who are most vulnerable to food poisoning are young children, the elderly, and those whose immune systems have been weakened by a chronic condition.