December 8, 2011

Possible food poisoning on a plane: What is Clostridium perfringens?


The family of a man who died of a heart attack while aboard a plane this spring has sued the airline, alleging food poisoning and that it allowed the man to travel while notably ill. The family claims in their lawsuit that the man's meal was contaminated with Clostridium perfringens... And though the bacterium usually doesn’t cause fever or vomiting, it can cause complications from dehydration, which, according to the Mayo Clinic, include low blood-volume shock, leading to a drop in blood pressure and a drop in the amount of oxygen in the body.

LA Times, 12/5/11


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