Bacterial Infection

This type of food borne illness occur when the food eaten is contaminated with living pathogenic bacteria.

The amount and type of bacteria will determine the time for symptoms to appear. The bacteria will pass through your stomach and down into your lover intestine. It will embed themselves in the wall of the intestine and it will multiply.

Bacterial infection most often cause diarrhea (sometimes bloody), stomach cramps and fever.

Typical examples of infectious bacteria are:
There are many other types of infectious bacteria as well. There are over 2,000 types of Salmonella alone.

NOTE: Bacterial infection has longer incubation period than bacterial intoxication. It has gradual onset, usually lasts a few days and fever is often present.

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