How to Avoid Food Poisoning

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CASPER, Wyo. There are two kinds of food poisoning.

It can be a virus like a norovirus or a bacteria.

"So it needs to be heated above a certain temperature or kept cold below a certain and it's when food gets in that in-between range for a long time that any bacteria that was not killed during cooking proliferates or grows and then you ingest it and that's when you get the food poisoning symptoms. " Said Kate Whitaker of Elkhorn Rehabilitation Hospital.

Whitaker says symptoms include cramping, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, chills, fever, and a headache.

"Food poisoning can last anywhere from a couple hours, up to 24 or even longer." She said.

If you are an average age adult, you can watch symptoms for up to 72 hours before seeking medical attention.

"Older adults or younger children like infants, If those symptoms are not resolving after 24-48 hours definitely seek medical attention because there's a higher risk for dehydration." She explained.

Whitaker also says you need to stay hydrated as much as possible,

She said that you don't necessarily take something to stop the vomiting or diarrhea because your body is trying to clear out.