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Food poisoning is not a big deal, really?

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When experiencing food poisoning, many people assume that after a day or two days, their condition will improve and everything will be just fine. Is this true?

“It is not true,” says Bethany Thayer, a registered dietitian and official spokesperson of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in America.

According to Thayer, cases of food poisoning causes at least 48 million illnesses and 3,000 deaths each year in the country.

“How bad is the condition of a person depends on the bacteria that causes the poisoning, how much has been eaten, and the person’s own immune system,” said Thayer, as quoted from Woman’s Day.

Babies, toddlers, pregnant women, and the elderly are most susceptible to serious condition due to food poisoning. They even feel the long term high risks effects.

So what are the long term effects of food poisoning? Food Safety summarizes it for you.

Renal failure
Because of an infection in the digestive system which destroys red blood cells, the kidney is injured. This happens when a person is poisoned by the E. coli bacteria .

Acute arthritis
In some people who experience food poisoning caused by Shigella or Salmonella bacteria, they also feel the inflammation in the joints, irritation of the eyes, and pain in the sex organs when they urinate. For several months to years, arthritis can get worse and more difficult to cure.

Nerve and brain damage
If newborns is infected with Listeria bacteria, the long-term effects will cause mental disorders, deafness, blindness, until paralyzed.

Death
In America, about 3,000 residents died from illnesses caused by food poisoning. Organisms that cause the the most death from food poisoning is Salmonella, Toxoplasma, Listeria, norovirus, and Campylobacter.

Now, food poisoning problem certainly can not be considered as a trivial issue. So do not hesitate to contact your doctor if you experience food poisoning.

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