Monthly Archives: December 2011
- Dec 06 2011
In the food industry we know that foodborne illness is a serious issue. Understanding potential customer complaints and feeling secure in fulfilling your part of the food supply chain are good enough reasons to understand some facts and misconceptions about public health. Hence, the following is for informational purposes and should not be used to diagnose any medical issues. As we will see, the need to check in with a medical professional can help one get more quickly on the path to recovery when it comes to the flu.
It is coming to that time of year... With winter approaching concerns can arise about the flu season. When an elevated number of individuals are struck with illness, including at times stomach and intestinal problems, questions can arise what microscopic entities are responsible for making you such a wreck. In terms of the food industry, it is a good idea to understand some basics when it comes to making sense of some often confused realities of the flu and stomach illnesses.
To begin, stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) is not the same thing as the "flu" (influenza). Influenza, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus website, "is a respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses." Symptoms can include the following: "Body or muscle aches/Chills/Cough/Fever/
Headache/Sore throat"and the flu "almost never causes an upset stomach." Hence, the label of "stomach flu" can easily be confused with other "flus" making their way around the populace in these cold winter months.