Keep food, water safe when enjoying outside this summer

August 5, 2022

Outdoor barbecuing and picnics often mean limited access to refrigeration and clean water. High temperatures and humidity create ideal conditions for bacterial growth such as E. coli and salmonella, which can cause food-borne illnesses.

Common symptoms of foodborne illnesses include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps. Some foodborne illness can cause a high fever and blood in your stool. Most of the time, foodborne illnesses are mild and go away after a few days. Drink plenty of fluids and rest. If you are not getting better or have severe vomiting and diarrhea, contact your doctor or call Health Link at 811 to speak with a registered healthcare professional.

If you contract any foodborne illness, you may be contacted by a local Environmental Public Health office to gather information that will help prevent others from getting sick.

To prevent foodborne illnesses:

In addition to keeping your food safe, it’s important to have access to clean water during outdoor activities. Unclean water can contain bacteria, viruses and parasites. 

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