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L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Food poisoning

‚ÄčSymptoms of food poisoning

The symptoms of food poisoning usually include:

  • nausea (feeling sick)
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • stomach cramps

What to do if you think you have food poisoning

If you think you may have food poisoning, please contact your doctor and Environmental Health.

If your doctor also thinks you have food poisoning, he or she will ask you to provide a faecal / stool specimen. Your doctor will tell you to take this to the pathology laboratory in the hospital, where they can find out if you have food poisoning. It may take up to a week to get the result and this will then be sent to your doctor, and a copy sent to us at Environmental Health.

Advice about food poisoning, symptoms and prevention on NHS Choices website

Salmonella

Although anyone can get salmonella, some people - such as children and the elderly - are more at risk of getting very ill from it.

You get salmonella from eating contaminated food, or by faecal contamination. Symptoms include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever.

If you or your child is excluded from work or nursery, you must not return until you have been free from symptoms for at least 48 hours.

Salmonella information on Health Protection Agency website

Campylobacter

The main symptoms of campylobacter are severe diarrhoea and abdominal pain. It's often caused by undercooked meat but can also be caused by water that hasn't been treated, as well as unpasteurised milk.

Campylobacter information on the Health Protection Agency website

E. coli

E. coli can cause infection in the intestinal tract or the urinary tract. Depending on the area of infection, symptoms may include diarrhoea, cramps, nausea and vomiting, or frequent and painful passing of urine.

E. coli is caused by contaminated food or water, although it may also be passed from person to person (via the faecal-oral route).

E. coli information on Health Protection Agency website

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