Incubation Period For
Food Poisoning Symptoms


Incubation period for onset of food poisoning symptoms deriving from the ingestion of foods that are toxic as a result of a variety of food borne illness agents:

Scombroid (histamine) poisoning: immediate to 2 hours

Bacillus cereus (emetic): 1/2 to 6 hours

Staphylococcus aureus: 30 minutes to 8 hours

Vibrio parahaemolyticus: Less than 1 hour to 96 hours

Bacillus cereus (diarrheal): 6 to 19 hours

Clostridium perfringens: 6 to 24 hours

Salmonellae: Non-typhoid: 6 to 72 hours (reactive arthritis 3 to 4 weeks)

Noroviruses: 10 to 55 hours

Vibrio vulnificus: Gastroenteritis-12 hours to 2 days

Clostridium botulinum: 12 to 36 hours

Escherichia coli (enteroinvasive) (infection) (EIEC): 12 hours to 3 days

Vibrio cholerae (O1; cholera): 12 to 72 hours

Vibrio cholerae (non-O1): 12 to 72 hours

Shigella: 12 hours to 7 days

Escherichia coli (enterotoxigenic) (toxicoinfection) (ETEC): 1 to 3 days

Rotaviruses: 1 to 3 days

Escherichia coli (enteropathogenic) (infection?) (EPEC): 1 to 6 days)

Campylobacter: 1 to 10 days

Yersinia enterocolitica: 1 to 11 days

Giardia lamblia: 1 day to 25 days

Listeria monocytogenes: 1 to 28 days

Escherichia coli O157:H7: 3 to 9 days

Cryptosporidium parvum: 3 days to 2 weeks

Toxoplasma gondii: 3 to approximately 20 days

Salmonella typhi: 7 to 28 days (may be as long as 5 to 6 weeks)

Hepatitis A virus: 10 to 50 days

Hepatitis E: about 6 weeks





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