When it comes to useable information on the long-term health effects of foodborne illness, there isn’t much available. For individuals and families impacted by a foodborne pathogen, and the medical professionals who treat them, this is a major disadvantage.
It is particularly important because when a foodborne illness strikes, early detection is critical. It can often mean the difference between life and death. But far too often, early detection with proper testing doesn’t happen. Patients presenting with classic symptoms of foodborne illness at doctors’ offices, hospitals, and urgent care facilities are told to simply “wait it out.”
There’s no “go to” source for people to gain helpful knowledge and the Stop Foodborne Illness wants to change that.
Early detection of foodborne illness is a big focus for Stop Foodborne Illness. In an effort to explore this life-saving topic further, the national nonprofit, public health organization is looking to interview people who:
- Experienced symptoms of a foodborne illness, sought treatment by a medical professional, were ultimately diagnosed with a foodborne illness, but were not tested right away to get an early diagnosis/treatment.
- Have endured a foodborne illness that happened more than a year ago and are living with negative physical and/or emotional health conditions that have had or are having a significant impact on their quality of life.
- Would you like to help others by sharing your experiences.
- Are interested in sharing their thoughts/ideas and helping with research on early detection.
To partner with Stop Foodborne Illness on this work, please contact Stanley Rutledge, Community Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.