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ServSafe Illnesses

Illnesses, Parasites, Bacteria, and Viruses

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I am a spore forming bacteria found in dirt. I can produce two different toxins which cause different illnesses. I am commonly associated with cooked vegetables, meat products, milk, and cooked rice dishes. Who am I? Bacillus Cereus
I am a bacteria found in dirt, water, and plants. I grow in cool, moist environments. I am most commonly associated with high-risk populations and ready to eat foods. Who am I? Listeria Monocytogenes
I am commonly found in the intestines of cattle and in infected people. I can contaminate meat during slaughtering. Eating only a small amount of me can make you sick. I will produce toxins in your intestines and remain in your feces for weeks. Who am I? Enterohemorrhagic and shiga producing Escherichia Coli (E. Coli.)
I am a bacteria commonly associated with poultry, but also often contaminate water. I occur when poultry is incorrectly cooked or when cross-contamination has occurred. Who am I? Campylobacter Jejuni
I am a bacteria commonly found in dirt where spores allow me to survive. I am also carried in the intestines of animals and humans. I do not grow at refrigerated temperatures. I am commonly associated with meats, poultry, and meat dishes. Who am I? Clostridium Perfringens
I am a bacteria that grows without oxygen. I am commonly found in canned food, temperature abused vegetables, and untreated garlic/oil mixtures. Who am I? Clostridium Botulinum
I am a bacteria that can make you sick even in the smallest amounts. Many farm animals carry me naturally. I remain in your feces for weeks. I am commonly associated with poultry, eggs, dairy, and produce. Who am I? Salmonella Spp.
I am a bacteria that lives only in humans. People carry me in their bloodstream and intestines. I can make you sick even in small amounts. I remain in your feces for weeks. Who am I? Salmonella Typhi.
I am a bacteria found in the feces of humans with the illness. I am usually caused by contaminated food or water, or from flies. I remain in your feces for weeks. Who am I? Sigella Spp.
I am a bacteria commonly found in humans, particularly in the hair, nose, and throat. I am often caused by food-handlers not washing their hands. Cooking cannot destroy me. Who am I? Staphylococcus Aureus
We are bacteria found in waters where shellfish are harvested. We grow very rapidly in the TDZ. People with chronic conditions (diabetes, cirrhosis) are at high risk of septicemia if infected. We can cause two different illnesses. Who are we? Vibrio Vulnificus and Vibrio Parahaemolyticus
I am a virus that is mainly found in the feces of the infected. I can contaminate water and many types of food. Cooking does no t destroy me. I cause jaundice. Who am I? Hepatitis A
I am a virus commonly associated with ready-to-eat foods. Eating only a small amount of me can cause illness. I am commonly associated with cruise ships. Who am I? Norovirus
I am a parasite commonly associated with raw and undercooked fish such as herring, cod, halibut, mackerel, and pacific salmon. I cause you to have a tingling throat and cough up worms. Who am I? Anisakis Simplex
I am a parasite found in the feces of infected people. I am commonly associated with daycare and healthcare facilities. I am more harmful to those with weakened immune systems. I cause weight loss and stomach cramps and nausea. Who am I? Cryptosporidium Parvum
I am a parasite commonly found in the feces of the infected. I am commonly transferred to food by contamination from food-handlers. I am linked to incorrectly treated water and produce. I can cause fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and nausea. Who am I? Giardia Duodenalis
I am a parasite found in contaminated water and produce that has been washed or irrigated with contaminated water (such as berries, basil, or lettuce). I cause nausea, cramps, mild fever, diarrhea/constipation, loss of weight and appetite. Who am I? Cyclospora Cayetanensis
I am a toxin commonly associated with Tuna, Bonito, Mackerel, and Mahimahi. I am caused by time/temperature abuse. Once formed, I cannot be destroyed by freezing, cooking, smoking, or curing. Who am I and what illness do I cause? Histamine - Scombroid Poisoning
I am a toxin found in some marine algae. I build up in certain fish when they eat smaller fish that have eaten algae with me on it. I cannot be detected by smell or taste. I am found in Barracuda, Grouper, Jacks, Snapper, and other predatory reef fish. Ciguatoxin
I am a toxin found in shellfish from the pacific and new england coasts. I am not destroyed by cooking or freezing. I cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. Who am I? Saxitoxin
I am a toxin associated with shellfish from the west coast of FL, the gulf of mexico, and the caribbean sea. I am not destroyed by cooking or freezing. I cause Neurotoxic Shellfish Poisoning. Who am I? Brevetoxin
I am a toxin associated with shellfish from the pacific northwest and the east coast of Canada. I cannot be smelled, tasted, or destroyed by cooking or freezing. I cause Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning. Who am I? Domoic Acid
Created by: sthomas87