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10 ноября 2015, 06:56

This Is Why It's So Hard to Know If You Have Food Poisoning

This Is Why It's So Hard to Know If You Have Food Poisoning

You’re feeling queasy, your forehead is clammy, and all that tea you’ve been mainlining is doing nothing at all to perk you back up. What happens next is why it’s so hard to know if you had food poisoning or just a brush with the flu.

There are 48 million cases of food poisoning in the U.S. a year, meaning that an estimated 1 in 6 Americans will get sick from something they ate. Was one of them you?

It’s honestly pretty hard to know. Because, although people are quick to self-identify food poisoning, very few cases actually get confirmed. Consider this example the USDA put together, breaking down how they came to their conclusions about the prevalence of Salmonella, the most commonly identified cause of food poisoning, in the last year: