Infectious disease doctor Daria Paneva explained the difference between food poisoning and intestinal infection.
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The most common causes of intestinal infections are bacteria and viruses that enter the body through the mouth. In this case, viruses more often get with water and dirty hands or other foreign objects (toys, dishes, neighbor's hand, etc.), and bacteria – with water and food.
In the case when the rules for cooking food and / or storage of ready meals have been violated, toxins can accumulate in them, in addition to the bacteria themselves. Toxins are poison, so this disease can really be considered poisoning. However, in such cases it is more appropriate to use the term "foodborne toxicoinfection".
First of all, do not forget that bacteria produce this poison, which also enter the body from "poisoned" food.
Symptoms of intestinal infection
Foodborne Disease Infection (PTI) is subject to the same epidemiological control as any other intestinal infection. That is, if, for example, in a kindergarten several cases of the disease are recorded, an investigation is carried out to establish and eliminate the source of the infection.
Therapeutic measures that with intestinal infection, that with IPT are very similar and mainly boil down to avoid dehydration.
Thus, both intestinal infections caused by a virus (for example, rotavirus) or by bacteria (for example, salmonellosis), and PTI are all infections.
What is poisoning? Poisoning is caused by the ingestion of poisons, such as poisoning by mushrooms or alcohol substitutes, mercury vapor or carbon monoxide, as a result of a poisonous insect or snake bite, and the like.
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