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Protect Yourself from the Food Bugs



Protect Yourself from the Food Bugs
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.09

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     challenging words:    undercooked, food-borne, unhealthy, antibiotic, diarrhea, immediately, borne, cases, especially, affects, fairly, cottage, invade, government, receive, coli


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Protect Yourself from the Food Bugs
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Our bodies need food to live. But "bugs" in foods can make you very sick. They can even kill you! What are these "bugs" that invade our food? What can we do about them?
 
2     You hear it on the news. Some food is being recalled because it is making people sick. Hamburger, spinach, peanut butter. It almost seems like no food is safe. What is in them that makes you sick? Bacteria.
 
3     Bacteria are tiny organisms. You can't see them with just your eyes. Some bacteria are good. They help make yogurt and cottage cheese. But others make you sick. The most famous bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses are salmonella and E. coli.
 
4     Salmonella usually affects foods such as eggs, poultry, and some fruits and vegetables. If you eat food contaminated with these bacteria, you will probably get sick. Symptoms include headache, diarrhea, and vomiting. You might have heard this illness called "food poisoning."
 
5     A case of salmonella poisoning can be mild or severe. If it is mild, your symptoms may go away fairly quickly. You will feel better in a few hours. But if your symptoms are severe or last more than 24 hours, you should get help. You may need to start taking an antibiotic to get rid of the infection.

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