Certain bacterial infections, especially those in undercooked or improperly handled food, can cause loose stools and bouts of diarrhea. E.coli, salmonella, and trichinosis are common foodborne illnesses caused by microbes. Contaminated water can also contain high levels of diarrhea-causing bacteria. To avoid contracting these illnesses, store perishable food below 40 degrees and heat meals to temperatures over 145 degrees. Wash fruits and vegetables completely, and thoroughly wash the hands before preparing food.
urfinguss / Getty Images
Receive updates on the latest news and alerts straight to your inbox.
This site offers information designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.