Australia – Food poisoning outbreaks soar in WA

Perth Now

FOOD poisoning outbreaks have soared in WA with the latest OzFoodNet figures showing they have more than doubled.

Thousands of people were laid low in the first half of 2017 with symptoms including diarrhoea, fever, abdominal pain, and vomiting. Dozens had to be hospitalised.

Food poisoning can strike fast and hard and is most often caused by bacteria campylobacteriosis and salmonellosis.

There were 1600 campylobacteriosis cases in the first six months of 2017, closely followed by 1541 cases of salmonellosis.

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