Many different diseases can be contracted by eating contaminated food or beverages. Most of these diseases are spread when food becomes contaminated with fecal matter containing bacteria, viruses, or parasites. This contamination can happen at the farm, manufacturing plant, restaurant, or in the home. Foodborne diseases usually result in gastrointestinal illness, which can include symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach ache, and fever. People who are ill with a foodborne diseases can give the infection to others, so proper hygiene and hand washing practices are essential to limit the spread of disease, and people experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms should not prepare or handle food for others. Look through the following foodborne diseases to learn more about how they are transmitted and how you can stay healthy.

Types of Foodborne Diseases: