Foodborne Diseases

The Niagara County Department of Health maintains a foodborne disease surveillance program. The department investigates all complaint/reports of foodborne illness in accordance with standard protocols established by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

Prompt notification by the public is vital to be able to obtain stool or vomitus samples. Samples and symptoms are used to determine pathogens. Unfortunately notification often comes after symptoms have passed and no samples can be obtained. Some common symptoms of foodborne illness are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. There are many possible symptoms, causes and time frames involved. A thorough investigation for a determination is needed and cooperation from the public is greatly appreciated.

If a person believes that a foodborne illness event is occurring, please call the Niagara County Department of Health at (716) 439-7579 immediately.

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