It’s the season for backyard barbeques, poolside picnics, and afternoon soirees. What’s better than enjoying the nicer weather by taking your workouts outside and dining al fresco with family and friends? The one thing you don’t want at your outdoor gathering are hidden dangers you can’t see—food borne illnesses. Practice healthy outdoor dining etiquette at all times this summer in order to avoid experiencing food poisoning and a visit to your local ER. Keep in mind that food poisoning can come on a few hours later and up to several days after eating contaminated foods. Some common signs are abdominal cramping and pain, vomiting, diarrhea and/or fever. More serious symptoms are dehydration and blood in vomit or stools. If you experience any of these symptoms and suspect it’s food poisoning, call your doctor right away. Oftentimes, symptoms will clear up after a few days on their own but sometimes antibiotics may need to be prescribed.
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Here are some food safety and prep tips from David A. Knauf, MPH, RS, Board of Health Director in Darien, CT, to ensure your outdoor party goes off without a hitch.