Keeping Kids Healthy
Food-borne illnesses are caused by germs or harmful chemicals we eat and drink. Most are caused when certain bacteria, viruses or parasites contaminate food.
Others occur when food is contaminated by harmful chemicals or toxins. Since these infections or chemicals enter the body though the stomach and intestines, the most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort.
Around 100 years ago, typhoid fever, tuberculosis and cholera were some of the most common food-borne illnesses.
Now with improved food processing, pasteurization of milk and water treatment, these diseases have been almost eliminated. Today, other bacteria and viruses have become common causes of food-borne illnesses.
- Camplyobacter is the most common bacteria causing food-borne diarrhea in the world. These bacteria live in the intestines of birds and often contaminate raw poultry such as chicken.
Eating undercooked chicken or eating food contaminated by juices from raw chicken is a common way to swallow these bacteria.
It causes a diarrhea that is often bloody with fever and cramps. Most people recover without any special treatment. There are rare complications such as arthritis. Continue reading