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Foodborne illness (suspected)

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Food-borne illness can be caused by a variety of different bacteria, by the toxins they produce, fungus or virus. These have different incubation periods (the time between eating the food and the appearance of the symptoms) and cause different symptoms. Food-borne illness is not always caused by the last meal eaten by a person and food contaminated with food poisoning bacteria will not necessarily look, taste or smell bad.

Public health management guidelines

Read Queensland Health Suspected Foodborne Illness Outbreak Management Guideline (PDF, 666KB)


Attending medical practitioners/medical superintendents (or delegates)

To notify two or more associated cases of gastroenteritis, or where gastroenteritis is diagnosed in a food handler.

Notification resources

Enhanced surveillance for public health units

Resources for health professionals

Epidemiological data and reports

Condition information

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Communicable diseases contacts

Ph: +61 7 3328 9724 / 9728
Fax: +61 7 3328 9782
Email: communicable diseases team
Find: local public health unit

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Last updated: 17/05/2019 3:58:55 PM