Often the "stomach flu" is related to something you ate. Foodborne illnesses may be mild or land you in a hospital or cause death. How can you tell?
Symptoms of various food-borne illnesses may appear at different times—some within 30 minutes, others may emerge hours or even days after exposure. You may have one, two, or all of these symptoms:
If two or more people in a family or group that ate the same food get sick, consider the possibility of a foodborne illness. If everyone ate the same food and has similar symptoms, then foodborne illness is more likely.
Infants, preschool children, adults 65 years and over, pregnant or nursing women, and immuno-compromised children and adults are considered at high-risk. These people may get sick sooner, have more serious symptoms, or need medical care. They should get advice from health care provider as soon as possible.
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