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Foodborne Illness

Protect Your Family From Food Poisoning

Protect your family from food poisoning by buying, storing, and preparing food safely.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Botulism: Frequently Asked Questions

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. This fact sheet includes information on the prevalence of botulism, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and more.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

FAQ - About Salmonellosis

Answers to your questions about salmonellosis including, a description of the Salmonella germ and information about diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and the government's prevention strategy.

Review Date: December 12, 2012

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases - NCIRD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Foodborne Illness: Frequently Asked Questions

Find frequently asked questions and answers about foodborne illness. Learn about common foodborne diseases, how they are diagnosed and treated, and what you can do to protect yourself.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases - NCIRD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FoodSafety.Gov

FoodSafety.gov is your gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies. Get the latest news, tips, food recalls and alerts.

Review Date: April 27, 2011

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Questions & Answers: Sickness Caused by E. coli

Find answers to questions about sickness caused by E. coli, what it is and how it is spread, signs of illness, and what you can do to stay healthy.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

How to Report a Foodborne Illness - General Public

Find out how you can report illnesses from eating a certain food so your local health department can identify potential foodborne disease outbreaks.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits and Vegetables

In recent years, the United States has had several large outbreaks of illness caused by contaminated fruits and vegetables—including spinach, tomatoes, and lettuce. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of contamination by harmful germs found in some fresh produce.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

An Ounce of Prevention - Seven Keys to a Safer Healthier Home- (PDF)

This brochure offers information on preventing infectious diseases through proper handwashing, food preparation techniques, immunizations, care in handling pets, and more.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Bacteria and Food Borne Illness

Describes the causes, common sources, symptoms, risk factors, complications, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of food borne illness.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

NIH National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Basic Information about E. coli 0157:H7 in Drinking Water

This document provides information about the health effects of E. coli O157:H7, and actions you can take to protect yourself and your family from E. coli infection through driniking water.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Botulism

Find out how to use proper canning techniques, and how to prepare and store food safely in order to prevent this type of foodbourne bacteria.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Campylobacter Infections

You can prevent campylobacter infections by using drinking water that's been tested and approved for purity, and by drinking milk that's been pasteurized. While hiking and camping, avoid drinking water from streams and from sources that pass through land where animals graze.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

CDC Vitalsigns: Making Food Safer to Eat

Learn about foods associated with Salmonella outbreaks and what is being done to reduce the risk of Salmonella infection and other foodborne illnesses.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cholera - Prevention

This fact sheet provides tips for travelers to cholera-endemic areas to lower one's risk of contracting cholera

Review Date: October 24, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Eating Outdoors: Handling Food Safely

Find simple food safety guidelines for transporting your food to the picnic site, and preparing and serving it safely once you've arrived.

Review Date: January 12, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Food Don'ts for Pregnant Women- (PDF)

Follow these food facts to help keep you and your baby healthy during your pregnancy.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Food Poisoning

Learn about illnesses caused by food poisoning (also known as foodborne illness or foodborne disease), how the government responds, and how to report a problem with food.

Review Date: February 05, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Food Poisoning From Eating Fish

Learn the two types of food poisoning associated with eating fish, symptoms, and fish to avoid that commonly carry the poison.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

Food Safety for Moms-to-Be

Foodborne illness is a serious health risk for pregnant women and their unborn babies. This page contains a food-by-food guide to selecting, preparing, and eating foods safely.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Food Safety for Seniors

Learn how to prevent foodborne illnesses by safely cooking and storing food at home, handling leftovers and take-out food, and more.

Review Date: May 09, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in Children

Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) develops when E. coli destroys red blood cells and causes sudden, short-term kidney failure in children. Learn how you can prevent and treat HUS.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

Infant Botulism

Infant botulism is a rare illness that can occur when an infant ingests bacteria that produce a toxin inside the body. Since honey is a known source of the bacteria spores that cause botulism, it should not be given to babies under 12 months of age.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Keep Food Safe: Check Your Steps

One in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year alone. Follow four simple steps to help keep your family safe from food poisoning at home.

Review Date: January 09, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Listeriosis (Listeria Infection): Prevention

Find steps you can take to prevent listeriosis, a foodborne disorder that affects primarily pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

Parasitic Roundworm Diseases

Parasitic roundworms can live on or in humans and cause a variety of health problems. Learn how good personal hygiene can prevent many diseases caused by roundworms.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – NIAID

Playing It Safe With Eggs

Prevent egg-related illness by knowing how to buy, store, handle and cook eggs — or foods that contain them — safely. Follow these safe handling tips to help protect yourself and your family.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Protect Your Baby and Yourself From Listeriosis

Pregnant women are at high risk for getting sick from Listeria, harmful bacteria found in many foods. If you are pregnant, you need to know what foods are safe to eat.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Report a Problem with Food

If you have food poisoning, suspect that food from a store or restaurant is contaminated, or have problems with different types of foods, learn how to report the problem quickly and effectively.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Salmonella Serotype Enteritidis - Frequently Asked Questions

Find out what you co do to reduce the risk of Salmonella enteritidis infection from contaminated eggs.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

Start at the Store: 7 Ways to Prevent Foodborne Illness

Follow these seven safey tips while shopping for food to help safeguard your home against foodborne illnesses.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

What Can Be Done to Prevent Campylobacter Infection?

Follow these simple food handling practices to help prevent Campylobacter infections.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases