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Understanding Foodborne Illnesses

Anyone who has ever suffered from foodborne illnesses knows how horrible the experience can be, but few stop to think of the serious dangers associated with this type of illnesses. While foodborne illnesses are commonly known as food poisoning, not all illnesses are caused by toxins, or poisons. Many illnesses result from the bacteria, viruses, or parasites that can contaminate food. In many cases, contamination occurs during food preparation, handling, or storage. Following good hygiene practices can help to reduce the risk of food contamination. Symptoms may take several hours or even several days to appear, depending on the type of contamination.

Symptoms may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue

Many cases of food poisoning result in the symptoms listed above, however, some cases are much more serious and can cause permanent health problems or even death. Elderly people, pregnant women, babies, and young children are more susceptible to serious health issues as a result of a foodborne illness.

In the United States approximately 76 million people suffer some kind of foodborne illness every year. Of this number, 325,000 people have to be hospitalized and 5,000 people die from their illnesses.

If you or a loved one have suffered from a foodborne illness, a restaurant manager or other food supplier may be liable for your injuries. Contact a Waukesha Defective Food Product and Container Lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, by calling (800) 242-2874 today.