The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on 18th April, highlighting a rise in incidences of food poisoning caused by raw shellfish. Whilst the report only looked at 10 US states (including California) it’s thought to be a reliable indicator across the nation.
The same report mentioned that foodborne illnesses are still a significant healthcare issue, with most cases being preventable. Vibrio infections reached their highest rate in 2013, although the rate is still less than infections caused by salmonella. Whilst many infections are due to contact with seawater, around half of all cases in the US are due to consuming seafood, most notably oysters. Food poisoning can be prevented by thoroughly cooking oysters or avoiding them during the warmer months, when more bacteria is present in seawater. Post-harvest treatments such as high pressure, freezing or heat can also help to cut the risk of food poisoning.
Whilst dining at restaurants with a good reputation reduces your risk of food poisoning, food such as oysters can still be contaminated. The CDC mentions that you have more control over preparing food yourself at home. Always cook eggs, meat and poultry thoroughly and ensure food is washed before cooking, refrigerating leftovers promptly to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
Have you suffered with diarrhoea from food poisoning?
The symptoms of food poisoning are far from pleasant and usually include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps. Severe cases of food poisoning can even lead to high temperatures and fever. Whilst most cases resolve themselves within a few days, there are some steps you can take to help your body recover. Drinking plenty of fluids, resting and avoiding food for a day or two helps to flush the bacteria from your system. If you are still experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea after a couple of days, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention, particularly if you have a fever.
Should you claim compensation for food poisoning?
It all depends if someone else is to blame – if you’ve eaten oysters at a local restaurant and come down with suspected food poisoning, it’s a good idea to contact the restaurant and let them know. Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today and we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers have experience in the industry, so you know you can trust us to deal with your claim.