Is Food Poisoning Contagious And How To Stay Safe?

Food is the only thing that everyone loves and there are rare cases that they get disappointed by it. Even though, when they do, it can more often than not lead to food poisoning. If people end up struggling with food poisoning – which is also known as a foodborne illness – they often time ask themselves, “Is food poisoning contagious?”

What’s of crucial importance regarding food poisoning, is to be aware of the food poisoning causes, food poisoning treatment, and everything you should know about it in general. Even the time you need to call a doctor.

Some of the main food poisoning symptoms to detect the illness are:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mild fever
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches

While, on the other hand, there are some other symptoms, which, in case you are facing them you should immediately call a doctor. The symptoms read as below:

  • Diarrhea persisting for more than three days
  • A fever higher than 101.5°F
  • Difficulty seeing or speaking
  • Symptoms of severe dehydration, which may include dry mouth, passing little to no urine, and difficulty keeping fluids down bloody urine

Is Food Poisoning Contagious

Some of you might be saying that it is ridiculous to ask such question, nevertheless, according to Consumers Reports, during a recent outbreak of E.coli in romaine (on the time the article was written) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update that contained a curious piece of information. Some of the victims had not eaten tainted romaine lettuce; they had simply been in contact with people who had.

The fact of getting food poisoning from a person, instead of food, might be surprising, but it is not that unusual. An infectious disease specialist, and also a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota, says:

This is a very common occurrence with foodborne-illness outbreaks. There are almost always secondary incidents of sick people passing the virus to people around them.

According to Human Illnesses, even though the food in the United States is among the cleanest and safest in the world, outbreaks of food poisoning kill about 9,000 people a year and cause between 6.5 and 33 million illnesses each year. Food poisoning is not contagious like chickenpox, but an infected person can pass along the infection by hand-to-hand contact (for example, serving food).

How Do I Stay Safe

There are ways that you can prevent, or stay safe from food poisoning. And, it is worth mentioning that hygiene is one of the first ways to stay safe especially when you suspect that someone you spend time with or even live with, is facing food poisoning. In order for you to prevent the transmission of the bacteria yourself, or in case you are picking them up from someone around you, follow the steps below:

  • Wash hands
  • Don’t rely on hand sanitizers
  • Clean dirty linens
  • Wipe down and sanitize
  • Stay out of the kitchen

Bottom Line

To avoid getting food poisoning, make sure you know all the symptoms, causes, symptoms, and treatments so you can forestall the illness. Also, keep in mind to keep your hygiene at the highest level.


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