Food poisoning can be caused by a variety of bacteria, toxins, parasites, or viruses and can strike with a variety of symptoms. Fever is a common sign of food poisoning as well as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, and abdominal cramping.
Specific symptoms can occur in conjunction with the contamination source.
Botulism: If you have contracted food poisoning due to botulism, you may have additional symptoms that include double vision, difficulty breathing, dry mouth, and weakness with paralysis.
Cholera: If you have been infected by the bacterium Vibrio cholera, or cholera, additional symptoms you may experience are excessive thirst, lack of tears, lethargy, rapid pulse, and unusual sleepiness.
E coli enteritis: This bacteria causes an inflammation of the small intestine and can include additional food poisoning symptoms such as gas and loss of appetite.
Salmonella: Generally contracted from meat and dairy products, food poisoning caused by salmonella bacteria is the most common form of food poisoning.