Foodborne illness (also known as food poisoning, foodborne disease, or foodborne infection) is common, costly and preventable. You can get food poisoning after swallowing food that has been contaminated with a variety of pathogens or toxic substances. The onset of symptoms ranges from a few hours to two or more days after the contaminated food was consumed. Certain pathogens may take hours or days to incubate before symptoms arise while toxic substances may usually have a shorter reaction time. The severity of symptoms may depend on the quantity of food and other underlying factors of the person. Young children, older adults, and those with compromised immune systems are susceptible to foodborne illness.
Common symptoms of foodborne illness include:
Consult your physician immediately if you think you may have a foodborne illness from eating at a restaurant in Island County.
In an effort to prevent further incidences of foodborne illness, Public Health wants to know about your illness in order to track trends in the community. Staff can conduct investigations at the food establishments to identify the potential source.
If you believe you became ill with vomiting or diarrhea within 72 hours (3 days) after consuming food in a restaurant or purchasing food in Island County please contact us at: 360-678-8276.
When you call, we will ask:
If you believe you got sick from a food establishment in:
Center for Disease Control - Foodborne Illness (Frequently Asked Questions)