- outbreak /OUT-breyk/
- vomiting /VO-mi-ting/
- comprehensive /kom-pri-HEN-siv/
- minimize /MIN-uh-mahyz/
- vaccination /vak-suh-NEY-shuhn/
[noun] – a time when something suddenly begins, especially a disease or something else dangerous or unpleasant
Health officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of food poisoning in the area.
[gerund] – to pass the contents of your stomach out through your mouth
Vomiting is a common symptom of the stomach flu or food poisoning.
[adjective] – complete and including everything that is necessary
The comprehensive insurance plan covered not only car accidents but also theft and natural disasters.
[verb] – to make smaller or less significant
To minimize the risk of accidents, always wear a seatbelt when driving.
[noun] – the process or an act of giving someone a vaccine (= a substance put into a person’s body to prevent them getting a disease)
Getting a tetanus vaccination is crucial after stepping on a rusty nail to prevent infection.
The study also highlighted communication gaps between restaurants and workers. While most restaurants had written policies requiring staff to inform managers when they were sick and to report specific symptoms, only a small percentage (23%) specified all five symptoms that should prompt someone to stay home from work. The CDC recommends implementing more comprehensive food safety policies to minimize contamination. Bill Marler, an attorney specializing in foodborne illness cases, suggests that hepatitis A vaccinations for restaurant workers could be a proactive measure to prevent outbreaks. Ensuring access to paid sick leave, improving communication between restaurants and workers, and implementing comprehensive food safety policies are crucial steps in reducing foodborne illnesses and protecting both employees and consumers.
- Have you or someone you know ever gotten sick from eating at a restaurant? Do you think it could be because of workers who were sick?
- What do you think restaurants can do to prevent workers from handling food when they are sick?
- Do you think it’s fair for restaurant workers to have paid time off when they are sick?
- How can restaurants and workers communicate better to prevent foodborne illnesses?
- Would you support requiring restaurant workers to get vaccinations for diseases like hepatitis A to prevent outbreaks? Why or why not?
- foodborne illness
- health department
- food safety