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CDC estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. Many different disease-causing germs can contaminate foods, so there are many different foodborne infections.

What Causes Food Poisoning?
Researchers have identified more than 250 foodborne diseases. Most of them are infections, caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Harmful toxins and chemicals also can contaminate foods and cause foodborne illness.

Do I Have Food Poisoning?
Common symptoms of foodborne diseases are nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. However, symptoms may differ among the different types of foodborne diseases. Symptoms can sometimes be severe and some foodborne illnesses can even be life-threatening. Although anyone can get a foodborne illness, some people are more likely to develop one. Those groups include:

  • Young children
  • Older adults
  • Pregnant women
  • People with immune systems weakened from medical conditions, such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, organ transplants, HIV/AIDS, or from receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Most people with a foodborne illness get better without medical treatment, but people with severe symptoms should see their doctor.
Source:  www.cdc.gov

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Memorial Hospital named among top 5% in the nation for outstanding patient experience, achieving this award annually since 2009
Memorial Hospital named among top 5% in the nation for outstanding patient experience, achieving this award annually since 2009!
2013 and 2014 Women's Choice Awards as an America's Best Hospital for Heart Care and an America's Best Hospital for Obstetrics
Memorial Hospital has been recognized with several 2017 quality awards from CareChex®, including Top 100 in the nation for Medical Excellence in heart attack treatment.
Memorial Hospital's Wound Care Center became the first center in Indiana to be certified by The Joint Commission.
Memorial Hospital's Wound Care Center became the first center in Indiana to be certified by The Joint Commission.
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