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Food poisoning can happen year-round from picnics to all-night holiday parties, even in our own kitchen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost one in six Americans contracts a foodborne illness. The most common cause of foodborne illness is from harmful bacteria, with symptoms ranging from an upset stomach to severe vomiting and diarrhea.
Mike Vernon, MD, Director of Infection Control at NorthShore, shares the top culprits and how to avoid illness:
Other top offenders are potatoes that are baked in aluminum foil but left out, unwashed fruits, and vegetables and oysters.
If you believe you are experiencing a foodborne illness, visit your physician, an immediate care clinic or the emergency room.