Foodborne and Gastrointestinal Illness

Gastrointestinal (GI) illness is caused by a variety of different disease-causing microbes or germs that can be acquired by consuming contaminated food or beverages, contact with contaminated recreational water, infected animals or their environments, or infected people. These germs can cause a variety of symptoms, such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, abdominal cramps, fever and sometimes headaches, rash and paralysis.

The Division of Disease Control monitors and investigates GI illnesses that are spread through food, water, person-to-person contact and contact with infected animals.