Environmental Health Services investigates all illness complaints involving
foods or beverages. Complaints may also warrant a laboratory-assisted
investigation if they meet at least one of the following criteria:
Complaints arising from the consumption of foods prepared in private homes
generally have no potential for public exposure and usually are not considered
for laboratory investigation.
- An incident in which two or more persons have the same disease, have
similar symptoms, or excrete the same pathogens; and there is a time, place
or person association between these persons.
- A single case of suspected botulism, a confirmed case of Vibrio vulnificus
or Vibrio cholera, a single case of mushroom poisoning or a case of ciguatera
or paralytic shellfish poisoning may be considered an incident warranting
- A physician requests laboratory services specific to an individual's
symptoms associated with a suspect food poisoning.