Health officials offering tips on foodborne illnesses
With the nationwide outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the news, health officials are reminding you to take steps to avoid foodborne illnesses.
Officials said those type of infections increase in the summer months because of the warmer temperatures, and more people cooking and eating outside where food can spoil faster. Eating contaminated food may cause symptoms such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.
Dietitian at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield Sybil Cox offered some tips to keep food safe.
To help prevent food from spoiling, Cox recommended putting food that needs to be chilled in a cooler with ice and keeping it in the cooler until it's time to cook or serve it. She said people need to be aware of the length of time the food is sitting out in hot weather. Cox also said foods need to be cooked to the proper temperatures.
Cox said children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with a weak immune system are at most risk of getting a foodborne illness. If someone does get sick from food, they should drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and see a doctor as soon as possible.
Illinois Media Services contributed to this report.