WiRED International Launches Foodborne Diseases Module




very year billions of people experience a foodborne disease (FBD) without ever knowing that their illness was caused by food.
WiRED International now offers a Foodborne Diseases Module, which describes FBDs, identifies their causes and tells how to avoid contracting them.


People develop FBDs, also known as food poisoning, from eating food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances. The more than 250 FBDs include botulism, E. coli, hepatitis A, listeria, norovirus and salmonella. Common symptoms are gastrointestinal disruptions such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. Serious consequences include kidney and liver failure, brain and neurological disorders, reactive arthritis, cancer and death.


FBDs are a common and costly public health problem, but they are preventable. FBDs are spread by contact with animals, feces, hands, and water that is used for washing or drinking. Preventive measures cover safe food handling in the food industry and at home and the proper slaughtering of animals. Hand washing cannot be emphasized enough.


FBDs can cause serious and widespread outbreaks such as cholera or can cause an unpleasant but quickly passing stomach complaint. Getting educated about FBDs is important to everyone’s health. Go to WiRED’s module on FBDs to learn how to prevent and treat them.





Quiz with sample questions from WiRED’s Foodborne Disease Module


1. Cancer may be associated with FBDs. True or false?


2. Disturbance of the _____________ is the most common symptom of FBDs.

 Gastrointestinal tract
 Respiratory system
 Circulatory system
 Urinary tract

3. For most FBDs, symptoms occur ______________ after the food has been eaten.

 Within 12 hours
 24 to 72 hours
 3 to 5 days
 1 week

4. Cooked food should be left at room temperature for no more than ___________.

 30 minutes
 1 hour
 2 hours
 3 hours




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