Foodborne & Gastrointestinal (GI) Illness
illness is caused by a variety of different microbes and germs and
causes a variety of symptoms, such as diarrhea,
nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, abdominal cramps, fever and
sometimes headaches, rash and paralysis. The
Division of Disease Control monitors and investigates GI illnesses that are spread through food, water,
person-to-person contact and contact with infected animals. This website
provides North Dakota statistics, disease information and
educational materials for at home and at work.
Foodborne GI Illness
There are 31 known pathogens that cause foodborne illness. Foodborne
illness results when these pathogens contaminate foods or beverages
that are consumed.
Waterborne GI Illness
Waterborne diseases are caused by pathogenic microbes that can be
directly spread through contaminated water. Most waterborne diseases
cause diarrheal illness.
Animal-Related GI Illness
Animals may carry pathogens that can be spread between animals and
humans that can cause gastrointestinal illness.