PO Box 10, Oxford, OX1 1EN
Tel 01865 249811
We are responsible for investigating cases of food poisoning and other infectious diseases, such as Hepatitis and Legionnaires Disease.
We work closely with the Health Protection Agency to monitor and investigate infectious diseases and to help reduce the number of infectious disease notifications each year. Visit the Health Protection Agency website for more information on their role.
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.
The Food Standards Agency website will give you more advice on what to do if you are suffering from food poisoning, in addition to further information.
The NHS Choices website gives you further information on food poisoning.
Page last updated 3 July 2013
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