Foodborne illness causes a wide range of food poisoning symptoms that can range from slight nausea and abdominal pain, to bloody diarrhea, kidney infections, and even death.  There are more than 250 different diseases that are linked to contaminated food poisoning, and the most common diseases are caused by bacteria like Salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobacteria.  Undercooked products such as meat, seafood, and dairy products are particularly at risk of causing foodborne illness that may manifest in any or all of the above food poisoning symptoms.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Symptoms

The Salmonella bacteria can cause headache, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.  Salmonella also causes a loss of appetite, which can last for several days.  Because of the diarrhea and vomiting, dehydration is always a severe risk for patients infected with Salmonella.  Although these symptoms end quickly, it may take several months for the patient’s bowels to return to normal.  In serious cases, Salmonella causes Reiter’s syndrome, a joint disorder that leads to arthritis.

E. coli  Food Poisoning Symptoms

E. coli bacteria can cause severe bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, non-bloody diarrhea, or fever.  People who have sudden bloody diarrhea should get their stool tested for E. coli immediately.  These symptoms can be severe for young people, the elderly, and people with suppressed immune systems, and the food poisoning symptoms often last for several days.  Young people and the elderly are at risk for hemolytic uremic syndrome (“HUS”), which causes kidney failure and anemia. 

Listeria Food Poisoning Symptoms

A Listeria bacterial infection can cause fever, muscle aches, nausea, or diarrhea.  If left untreated, the bacteria could spread to the nervous system and cause stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions.  Pregnant women could deliver prematurely stillborn babies.  A blood or spinal fluid test will detect listeriosis from food poisoning in patients who are suffering from symptoms such as a stiff neck or fever.

Food Poisoning Lawyer

If you or someone you love is suffering from food poisoning symptoms, you may be entitled to file a food poisoning lawsuitContact a Bernstein Liebhard food safety lawyer regarding your food poisoning symptoms for a free claim evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by