Foodborne Illness Report

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  • Foodborne Illness Report

    If you think something you ate is making you or someone your know feel sick, contact your doctor and then fill out this MyMealDetective form as completely as possible. The Virginia Department of Health will evaluate your case and request follow-up by your Local Health Department, if necessary.

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  • About You

    Please provide us with information about you so we can follow-up with you on your foodborne illness report.

  • Select DOB using the calendar icon.
  • Medical Information

    If you've seen a medical professional about this illness, give us more information to help better understand what made you sick.

  • Healthcare Provider

  • If you or the person who is ill has seen a healthcare provider, please answer the following questions:

  • Nature of Illness

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  • Suspected Source of Illness

    NOTE: People often associate their illness with the last food or meal they consumed. While there are some pathogens (particularly toxins) which cause illness to develop quickly, there are many foodborne illnesses that can take up to 72 hours (3 days) or longer to develop. When thinking about what might have caused you to become ill, it is helpful to review the food items you have eaten over the last several days.

  • If the suspected food(s) was consumed over multiple dates, please list the earliest date.
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    If the suspected food(s) was consumed at multiple times, please list the earliest time.
  • The information you report through this website is safe and secure.

    Your report will be sent to the appropriate Local Health Department, and only authorized Virginia Department of Health representatives can access it. We will not voluntarily share your information, such as your name, contact information, and health history, with restaurants or any other third parties. If we receive a Freedom of Information Act request for any of that information, we will redact your personally identifying information and your medical records before responding. Va. Code Sections 32.1-38, 32.1-41, 32.1-127.1:03. If we are compelled to produce any of your records pursuant to a court order or a subpoena, you will receive notice. We appreciate your report, and providing your contact information is essential for our Staff to effectively respond to your suspected foodborne illness complaint.