Fight food-borne illnesses -

Fighting food-borne illnesses

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that each year more than 48 million people get sick from bacteria, viruses or microbes in their food.

One of the leading causes of these food-borne illnesses is the bacteria listeria.

First, there was word of listeria outbreaks and across the country caused by tainted cantaloupe, then a recall of California-grown romaine lettuce. This has many of you thinking more about food-borne illness than ever before.

Truth be told, doctors say cases of listeria are very rare - and very rarely fatal. Those with weakened immune systems, children and the elderly are most at risk.

According to Dr. David Effron, symptoms can be like gastrointestinal disease or flu and can include nausea, vomiting, fever or muscle aches. He says it normally works itself out.

Your best protection is thorough hand washing. Besides washing your hands, the CDC says when preparing food, wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils - including knives - and countertops with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item before you go to the next food.

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