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Stomach flu is a viral infection of the digestive tract whereas food poisoning is an infection caused by bacteria that enters the body through food. Both can show abdominal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. But the difference can be detected via a stool test. A stomach virus is also known as viral gastroenteritis.

In food poisoning bacteria, viruses or other parasites enter the body through spoiled, contaminated or unhygienically prepared food and cause symptoms of gastroenteritis. Cross-contamination is a primary reason for food poisoning, in which harmful organisms transfer from one surface to another.

Uncooked, ready-to-eat foods, such as salads, are particularly susceptible to contamination. Bacteria can multiply in a variety of foods such as meats, dairy products, and sauces, when they are not kept at the right temperature. They, in turn, produce poisonous substances that can cause inflammation of the intestines when eaten. Contamination also occurs when raw meat is not cooked or handled properly.

Two types of bacteria linked to food poisoning are Salmonella and E. coli. The symptoms start manifesting within hours of eating. They are:

  • Watery or bloody diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain and cramping
  • Fever, chills, and body aches
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness caused by dehydration

Food poisoning can last from a few hours to several days. To reduce the risk of food hygiene, follow these simple steps:​

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap especially after visiting the toilet, changing diapers or before and after eating food.
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly with water and cook them through and through. 
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces such as surfaces that have come in contact with vomit or loose stools. 
  • Wash your laundry thoroughly.
  • Maintain your distance from an infected person. Don’t eat or drink from the same plate or glass and use a separate bathroom if you have one.  
  • Store meats, salads, dressings, and other foods are at the right temperature. Avoid eating food that has been left out of storage for more than 2 hours.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before handling raw meat. Cook meat thoroughly and avoid eating raw meat, eggs or sauces that have been made with raw eggs.
  • Refrigerate food in an ice box when carrying it to a picnic or a party. Avoid eating frequently in restaurants or other unfamiliar environments.

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