Foodborne illness is caused by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Most foodborne diseases are infections caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Other diseases are poisonings caused by harmful toxins or chemicals that have contaminated food. Many foodborne pathogens can be acquired through recreational or drinking water, from contact with animals or their environment, or through person-to-person spread. Common symptoms of foodborne illness include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever, aches and fatigue.
To report a suspected foodborne or waterborne illness, call 877-366-3455
, email email@example.com
, or complete this confidential MDH Foodborne and Waterborne Illness Report
More information about foodborne illness is available from the Minnesota Department of Health
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