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Food-borne Illnesses

Food-borne illnesses can cause serious health problems. How are food-borne illnesses contracted? What are some ways you can protect yourself and others from food-borne illnesses at home? Give three examples to support your answer.

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1. Food-borne illnesses can cause serious health problems. How are food-borne illnesses contracted?

The official definition of a food-borne disease outbreak is when two or more cases of a similar illness result from eating a common food. Thus, food-born illnesses are contracted through eating food; most food-borne illness results from microorganisms. In the last decade, for example, microorganisms were responsible for about 85% cases of reported food-borne disease outbreaks (http://cals.arizona.edu/pubs/health/foodsafety/az1084.html).

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This solution explains how food-borne illnesses are contracted and some ways you can protect yourself and others from food-borne illnesses at home.

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