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Developing Reactive Arthritis After Food PoisoningA case of food poisoning can affect your health long past your initial symptoms. One such lingering malady is reactive arthritis, a form of joint pain that can occur after your body has recovered from a bacterial infection. Reactive arthritis is uncommon – not everyone who contracts the same strain of bacterial infection will develop it – but can be very painful and last for several months, if not longer. If you can trace your reactive arthritis back to your food poisoning case, you may be able to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for your illness.

How Do People Get Reactive Arthritis?

Reactive arthritis is a form of rheumatoid arthritis that gets its name from researchers believing that it is an autoimmune disorder that reacts to a bacterial infection. For some people, their immune system continues to respond to the initial bacterial infection, causing inflammation in their joints. Reactive arthritis can occur after contracting a food-borne illness or a sexually transmitted infection. Food poisoning cases associated with reactive arthritis include:

Studies show that reactive arthritis most commonly occurs in people age 20 to 40 and that some people are genetically more prone to developing the condition.

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Campylobacter is Now the Most Common Cause of Food Poisoning in the United States

Salmonella was once the most common cause of food poisoning in the United States. It has recently been dethroned by Campylobacter, a parasite frequently found in unpasteurized dairy products and chicken. According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salmonella reigned for 20 years as the most common food poisoning cause in the nation. The report also noted other common causes of food poisoning, such as Listeria and E.Coli. It reported that overall, there has not been a change to the number of food poisoning cases reported in the United States and that there has been a decrease in Salmonella cases because of tighter regulations on the food industry and new vaccination requirements for chickens.

Foods that Harbor Campylobacter

The most common way for humans to become ill with Campylobacteriosis is to consume contaminated chicken. Campylobacter can be found in many types of meat, including pork and beef. It can also be transmitted through the consumption of unpasteurized dairy products, specifically raw milk and products made with raw milk. It can also be transmitted through drinking water supplies.

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