If you’re tempted to wade into flood waters for fun, don’t. It not only risks your immediate safety, it’s also a threat to your health.
Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is the best way to prevent yourself getting sick. And don’t use hand sanitiser.
If it’s been out longer than four hours, it’s best to throw it away.
By Merrimon Crawford
Did you forget to put the leftovers away? If it’s only an hour or two, that’s OK, but as the temperature drops under 60 degrees, the risk of bacterial growth – and food poisoning – increases.
If this is you, stay away.
In many cases you may still be contagious long after you’ve returned to school or work. But there are simple things you can do to minimise the risk of spreading it to others.
Let your tea towel dry out after each use to reduce its bacterial load.
Yes, bacteria can accumulate on tea towels. But most of the bacteria the researchers found are not responsible for food poisoning or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
You gotta have guts to succeed at Rio 2016 – and very healthy ones, at that.
Inflammation in your stomach and intestinal tract causes diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and pain.
Oral rehydration is the cornerstone of treatment for gastro, especially if you’re suffering from mild to moderate dehydration.
People aren’t productive at work when they’re ill and they risk infecting others.
You wake up and feel under the weather. If you’re vomiting or have a fever, the decision to stay at home is probably clear cut. But what if you generally feel unwell but are torn about missing work?
New antibiotics are desperately needed to treat these infections.
Superbugs are back in the news – and everybody loves a good germ panic story.
Symptoms can occur as soon as 30 minutes after exposure to the culprit organism or toxin.
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