Foodborne illness, often called food poisoning or foodborne disease, is any illness that results from eating contaminated food. It is a common cause of diarrheal illness in Wisconsin.
If you believe you or someone you know became ill from eating a certain food, contact your local health department.
If you are severely ill, see a doctor immediately. Food poisoning can be especially dangerous for infants, pregnant people, older adults, and people who are immunocompromised.
Reporting illnesses to your local health department helps them identify potential foodborne disease outbreaks. By investigating foodborne disease outbreaks, public health officials learn about possible problems in food production, distribution, and preparation that may cause illness.
- Food Handling and Housekeeping - P-44970 (PDF)
- Surveillance and Outbreak Support Team - P-01750 (PDF)
- DHS Food Safety information
- Food Safety.gov
- Food Safety — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Healthy Pets, Healthy People – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Foodborne and Waterborne Disease Outbreak Investigation Manual - P-44722 (PDF)
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