What is food poisoning?
Food poisoning is also often called gastroenteritis and may present symptoms like stomach virus/stomach flu. However, food poisoning is caused by consuming food or drinks that may be contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or parasites. The most common cause is bacteria, such as Salmonella and E. coli.
- The onset of symptoms in food poisoning is quicker than that of a stomach virus. The symptoms of a stomach virus can take a few days to develop, whereas, in food poisoning, symptoms may appear as quickly as within six hours of consuming contaminated food and drinks. Symptoms of food poisoning may last longer.
Food poisoning may spread in the following ways:
- Consuming contaminated food or drinks.
- Consuming raw salads, eggs, undercooked meat, and dairy have a high risk of causing food poisoning if not handled or cleaned properly.