Northwest NEWS

August 2, 1999

Home & Garden

How to have a safe picnic

   Picnics are supposed to be relaxed, happy occasions with good food, family and friends, a ball game, and maybe a snooze in the sun. But pesky organisms can ruin a festive barbecue or picnic by causing abdominal cramps, nausea, or diarrhea.

   Group Health Cooperative offers these tips for making sure your family and friends enjoy safe picnic eating:

Signs of food poisoning

   Symptoms of food poisoning can include intestinal upset, cramps, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, or vomiting. Some of these problems can lead to further dehydration and can become life-threatening. If you think you have food poisoning, call your doctor and think about whether you might have eaten contaminated foods in the past day or so. Above all, drink eight ounces of clear fluids every half-hour to combat dehydration from diarrhea and vomiting.