There is always something in the news about a bacterial outbreak relating to a food item. The most recent one that I have heard about in the news is the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak in the United States. Another one that I have heard of is the salmonella outbreak with ground beef. I’ve seen flyers on many restaurant doors, stating that certain food items are no longer available until further notice due to these outbreaks. I’ve also seen grocery stores stating that these items have been removed from the shelves to prevent further spread of the outbreak.
One way to be informed of these outbreaks and when they come into the public eye is to follow memos from the government and keep yourself informed of these outbreaks. You can use trusted government websites to follow these outbreaks. Epidemiological studies are in place during outbreaks and usually share data on a regular basis during an outbreak, which is another great source to follow to stay informed. Another way to stay healthy during these outbreaks is to obviously avoid the product causing the outbreak. People who are affected should seek medical attention right away and also inform their doctor of what they have eaten prior to the illness, because that could play a part in the outbreak data. If you feel ill after eating a particular food, know the signs and symptoms that you’re having so you’re able to discuss with your physician the best course of treatment.