Main symptoms of foodborne illness/food poisoning

  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

If you are suffering from these symptoms, please consult your GP. 

Infectious diseases - investigation

Certain infectious diseases are notifiable by your GP to Public Health England, and are investigated by the consultant in communicable disease control (CCDC) or by officers of the Local Authority. The Council investigates food poisoning and other notifiable food borne illnesses.

The purpose of this investigation is to try to prevent the spread of illness within the community and to try and establish possible causes. Advice is also given to the patient on how to prevent the spread of disease within the home.

Once a food poisoning notification is received, we will contact the person with the symptoms and ask them questions regarding:

  • what and where they've eaten prior to their illness,
  • details of their symptoms,
  • whether they've been on holiday abroad,
  • whether or not their GP has taken a faecal sample and,
  • whether anybody else they ate with also experienced any symptoms.

We may request that person to provide a faecal sample.

Infectious diseases - returning to work/school

If a person with symptoms is a food handler or health care/nursery worker who has direct contact or contact through serving food, with highly susceptible patients or persons in whom an intestinal infection would have serious consequences, they cannot return to work until they have been symptom-free for 48 hours. They must also inform their employer of their symptoms.

Parents or guardians of children aged under 5 years or children or adults unable to implement good standards of personal hygiene, are advised to keep them away from school or other establishments until they have also been symptom-free for 48 hours.

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