When you read about food poisoning outbreaks in the news or see them on television, you probably hear the same names over and over: Salmonella, Listeria, Norovirus, and E.Coli. These types of harmful bacteria can spread quickly, causing a large number of people to become ill. Although they are four common types of food poisoning, they are not the only types of food poisoning. Other types of food poisoning that you might not have heard of include Botulism, C. Perfringens, Hepatitis A, and Vibrio Vulnificus.
Botulism is often associated with canned foods. This is because the bacteria that causes Botulism thrives in environments with little oxygen. Botulism can have serious side effects, such as paralysis. It can also be fatal. If you experience symptoms of Botulism, such as nausea, a drooping eyelid, facial weakness, difficulty swallowing or speaking, or blurred vision within a period of 36 hours after consuming a canned food or fermented seafood, seek medical attention right away.
Clostidium Perfringens, often shortened to C.Perfringens, is actually a fairly common type of food poisoning. Foodsafety.gov estimates that it is responsible for up to one million cases of food poisoning per year in the United States. So why is it not discussed more frequently? It is not a particularly severe type of food poisoning. It generally causes the victim 24 hours of abdominal discomfort which can include vomiting and diarrhea. In rare cases, symptoms of C.Perfringens can last up to two weeks. It grows in meats when they are kept in the danger zone and can be prevented by proper cooking and storage.
There are multiple types of Hepatitis. Hepatitis A is a potentially fatal liver infection that can be caused by consuming food or water contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A is rarely fatal, but it can cause acute liver failure if it is not treated promptly and properly. It can also be prevented with a vaccine.
Vibrio Vulnificus is often caused by consuming raw or undercooked shellfish, such as oysters. It can also be contracted through an open wound if the wound is exposed to salt or brackish water.
In most cases, victims of this type of food poisoning only experience diarrhea and vomiting. However, Vibrio Vulnificus can be fatal or require extensive medical intervention, such an a limb amputation, if it is not treated correctly and complications of the illness arise.
Work with an Experienced Huntley Food Poisoning Attorney
If you or your child have suffered from any type of food poisoning because of another party's negligence, you could be entitled to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your damages. These damages can include your medical bills, your lost wages, and other damages related to the illness. To get started on your claim, contact our team of food poisoning attorneys at Newland & Newland, LLP today to schedule your initial consultation in our office. We serve clients in the North Chicago, Fox Lake, Zion, Winthrop Harbor, Waukegan areas from out our office located in the prestigious 180 North LaSalle street building in Chicago.