How are patients with food poisoning monitored?

Updated: Jun 19, 2018
  • Author: Roberto M Gamarra, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Because most cases of food poisoning are self-limited, prolonged follow-up care is not required.

Stool cultures should be monitored in individuals working in hospitals, food establishments, and daycare centers and who are infected with E coli O157:H7 or Salmonella or Shigella organisms until they become culture-negative without antibiotics. These people should not return to work until that time.


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