Food poisoning

What is food poisoning? | 1 min read

Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is caused by eating contaminated food. Infectious organisms, including bacteria, viruses, parasites, or toxins, are the most common causes of food poisoning.

What are the symptoms of food poisoning?

Food poisoning symptoms vary depending on the source of contamination. Most types of food poisoning cause one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Watery or bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Fever

Travel health tips

Even a last-minute visit to a healthcare provider can be helpful to get medicines and advice for your trip. 

If you take prescription medication:

  • Pack enough medication to last for the entire trip, and add medication for extra days in case of delays.
  • Carry your medication in the original labeled containers and pack it in your carry-on bag since checked baggage could be delayed or lost.
  • Ask your doctor for the generic equivalent name of prescribed medicine if you need to purchase additional medication abroad.
  • Keep a copy of your prescription medication with you. Some countries have strict regulations in this regard.

Intercare travel health specialists can make a difference. 

They offer the following services:

  • Pre and post-travel-related medical services
  • Yellow fever vaccinations & record cards
  • Malaria prophylaxis
  • Travel medication 
  • Prescribed medication for chronic health conditions
  • Advice on travel health aspects

 Find your nearest Intercare Travel Clinic, here.

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