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Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is a common, usually mild, but sometimes deadly illness. Typical symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea that come on suddenly (within 48 hours) of consuming a contaminated food or drink. Depending on the contaminant, fever and chills, bloody stools, dehydration, and nervous system damage may follow. These symptoms may affect one person or a group of people who ate the same thing (this would be called an outbreak).
If you have a concern or complaint about a food related illness, contact Environmental Health Division at 410-535-3922 or on-line at the Environmental Complaint page.

For further information:
Food and Drug Administration ~ www.fda.gov
Center for Disease Control ~ www.cdc.gov

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