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Environmental Health works closely with Public Health England to monitor and investigate cases of food poisoning and other infectious diseases in Oxford City. This work is carried out to identify potential sources of illness, to prevent recurrence of illness where possible and to better understand these diseases.
Food poisoning is a general term applied to illnesses picked up from eating contaminated food or drinking water. Symptoms may include one or more of the following:
The incubation period (time taken from eating the food to feeling unwell) varies with each type of organism and in some cases can be up to 10-15 days after consumption of the food. It is important to realise therefore, that the last meal you ate may not be the cause of your symptoms.
There are many different organisms including bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause upset stomachs. It is important to note that having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have food poisoning.
Norovirus - The most common cause of upset stomachs in the UK is from a viral infection called Norovirus. This is also known as the 'winter vomiting bug'. It only lasts for 24 to 48 hours and recovery is usually quick. It is not necessarily associated with eating contaminated food, and is easily passed from person to person.
Visit NHS Direct for more information on Norovirus.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of food poisoning, you should:
Please contact us on 01865 249811 or report it on line using the form below:
Report suspected food poisoning online
The aim of our investigation is to:
We are unable to carry out a formal investigation if you have not seen your GP and submitted a faecal specimen for analysis.
Page last updated 3 July 2013
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