Most people think of food poisoning as a few days of stomach problems – something that can be awful while it lasts but eventually comes to an end. A new report, however, has found that most foodborne pathogens can cause serious medical conditions. The following five common pathogens in particular may increase the risk of long-term health complications:
1. Campylobacter is associated with Guillain-Barre syndrome, the most common cause of paralysis in the United States. It can also lead to heart infections, arthritis, and blood infections.
2. E. coli is the leading cause of acute kidney failure in children in our country and has been linked to end-stage kidney disease, insulin-dependent diabetes, and neurological complications.
3. Listeria monocytogenes is associated with infections of the brain and spinal cord, which can lead to serious neurological dysfunction or death. This occurs most often in children under the age of four. It can also lead to miscarriage, premature birth, or stillbirth.
4. Salmonella can cause reactive arthritis.
5. Toxoplasma gondii infections can lead to cognitive or visual disabilities.
At our law firm we've seen how dangerous food poisoning can be, and even though it isn't 100% avoidable, there are a number of steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones a safe as possible. Here's some information that may help you: